Tour de France

Source: AFP/heraldsun.com.au
Cadel Evans will want to be wearing the yellow jersey in Paris again. Source: AFP/heraldsun.com.au

Reigning champion Cadel Evans  will be bidding to follow up last year’s win by claiming his second Tour de France when the sport’s most gruelling event starts on June 30. With 2011 runner-up Andy Schleck having withdrawn from this year’s renewal with an injury, British rider Bradley Wiggins  is expected to be the Australians main rival after winning the eight stage Criterium du Dauphine in France earlier this month. Canadian Ryder Hesjedal  won the Giro d’Italia earlier in the year and could threaten the favourites if he can peak again, while Russian Denis Menchov  will be bidding to better his second placing from 2010 after missing the race last year.

In form Slovakian Peter Sagan  is well fancied to claim the green jersey as the leading sprinter, after winning four of the nine stages at the recently completed Tour of Switzerland. His main opposition is likely to come in the form of 2011 winner Mark Cavendish  and Australian speedball Matt Goss , who will line up for tour debutants Green Edge.

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