Tour de France 2013

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Chris Froome (right) was second in the 2012 Tour de France. Photo: Lloyd Images/Muscat Municipality
Team Sky will be bidding to send out the winning rider at the Tour de France for the second successive year when Chris Froome  leads the team into battle in the 100th edition of the most gruelling bike race on the planet. Froome helped teammate Bradley Wiggins win the yellow jersey last year and was 3 minutes 21 seconds behind his compatriot to finish second overall in the general classification but is the designated team leader this time around.

Two-time winner Alberto Contador  returns for cycling’s showpiece event after missing out twelve months ago through a doping suspension and has shown relatively strong form so far this season but is likely to lose time to Froome in the time trials. 2011 winner Cadel Evans  managed to finish third at the Giro d’Italia earlier this season but the testing route is sure to have taken a lot out of him and he may not even be the leading Australian chance.

Richie Porte  has emerged as a top class rider in his own right with Sky this season and won Paris-Nice before finishing behind Froome at the Criterium du Dauphine. He will be the right hand man for his teammate at le Tour and will be on his wheel for most of the journey. Even if wearing the yellow jersey is behind him, he has strong claims for a top three  finish.

Peter Sagan  and Mark Cavendish  look set to fight it out for the green jersey again, while highly regarded Orica GreenEDGE rider Cameron Meyer  will be chasing the white jersey as the best young rider. 

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