Only a week away until the first major race of the year, I know it’s a little early to start previewing the race but having been starved of racing for what seems forever I thought I would get one going.
The Route looks a little more interesting than in previous years although it is still going to be a sprint fest with the GC decided by the penultimate stage which heads over Old Willunga Hill twice.
As sprint fests go this one should be pretty exciting, with the Cav v Griepel battle added to Farrar, Ciolek, Heado, Chicchi, Rojas and others. The sprinters won’t be left to fight for themselves as both Griepel and Cav will be there with a strong lead out team. In fact there are a fair few top riders here this year as well as Lance Armstrong.
Team list and a few of the notable riders (to me):
Uni SA – Australia
I think Greipel will win the battle between himself and Cav purely because it would mean so much for him and I guess he feels he has a point to prove, where as Cav will have bigger fish to fry later in the season. As an outsider I fancy Alexander Kristoff to get in amongst the sprints and Michael Rogers to win the overall. Sky look to have a very strong team, maybe the strongest in the race, where HTC and Lotto look hell bent on winning the sprints. All in all a pretty strong looking field.
I can’t believe I am looking forward to watching a load of sprints but I am, roll on next Tuesday!!!