The first ten days of the tour have plagued by rainy weather and too many crashes. But the jersey favorites are starting to emerge.
With the heavy crashes and retirements of pre-race favorites Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, it looks like Vincenzo Nibali’s race to lose. Throughout the first week, he has always been in the right place at the right time, avoiding crashes and other mishaps. In the only real test of the favorites thus far, stage 9, Niabli crushed the competition, making the statement that it is his race and any of the challengers are going to have to do something special if they want to win.
Although he’s not the fastest man in the race, Peter Sagan IS fast and is also hella strong. And once again it looks like he has the formula to take just about all the points available without winning any of the bunch sprints. Mark Cavendish’s crash on stage 1 only makes his road to a green Paris that much easier.
Polka Dot Jersey:
Last year Joaquim Rodriguez finished on the podium. This year he wants to do the same, but he’ll try to do it by way of the Polka Dot Jersey presentation. It’s his only chance after losing an hour in the first week of the tour. And if the first taste of the mountains in this year’s tour are any indicator, he will be hard to beat.
The White Jersey:
Michal Kwiatkowski looked to be firmly in control of this competition. He has the pedigree to be the white jersey favorite and seemed to stay at or near the front for much of the first week. Then the Tour moved into the mountains, and Kwiatkowski showed that he doesn’t have the same form of years past. Faltering on Stage 9, Romain Bardet moved into the lead. But with most of the big mountains still to come, it remains to be seen if he is a real contender to keep the jersey to Paris.