Tour De France Week 1: Our Picks - Panache Cyclewear Co.

June 29, 2016

 The Tour de France begins this Saturday, marking the beginning of the summer race season. The pinnacle of international stage racing, the 103rd edition of Le Tour will be peppered with excitement. Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador, and Richie Porte will headline the GC favorites, all vying for the yellow jersey at the end of 2,186 miles of racing. Across 4 high mountain summit finishes and two individual time trials, we will witness some of the most dramatic and trying developments in the sport of cycling.

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Stage 1: Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach

The race kicks off with a 188km flat and fast finish into the historic Utah Beach. Made famous by the American’s D-Day landing on June 6th, 1944, Utah Beach is sure to be the site of another intense showdown. The sprinters will be out in force during Stage 1 as they battle for the right’s to wear yellow for the upcoming stages. Kittel, Cavendish, and Greipel will headline the favorites for Saturday’s bunch gallop.

With last year’s disappointments firmly behind him, we're predicting to see Marcel Kittel back on the top step of the podium. Lets face it, Kittel (and his hair) was made to wear yellow…

Panache Podium Pick: Marcel Kittel

 

Stage 2: Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Wind, positioning, and team tactics will be the main themes of Stage 2’s coastal cruise. This stage will take riders further north, creating nightmares and opportunities for team’s looking to capitalize or limit losses. Look for an early break to get established quickly, with riders looking for the KOM jersey as a prize for early aggression. The race will come down to the final few kilometers, with the day’s main challenge coming at 3 km from the finish. The final categorized climb tops out at 1.5 km from the finish, but the winner will come from a rider with patience. The finish still points upwards with the final 700 meters at a 5.7% grade. A rider with impeccable timing, sprinting chops, and climbing prowess will seize the day and, most likely, a new yellow jersey.

Look for riders like Peter Sagan, Julian Alaphilippe, Greg Van Avermaet, and Alejandro Valverde to come away with Stage 2’s glory. It’s no surprise that we will be picking perennial favorite and reigning world champion, Peter Sagan, to take the win.

Panache Podium Pick: Peter Sagan

 

Stage 3: Granville to Angers

Stage 3 heads south, away from the coast, and back to the flatlands. With only one categorized climb, Stage 3 just may be the perfect day for the pure sprinters. A slight rise in the road over the last few hundred meters could, however, take down the fast men. Look for Marcel Kittel, Cavendish, Sagan, and Van Avermaet to again be the main contenders.

Don’t be surprised, however, if an upset occurs. Many riders like Michael Matthews, Alexander Kristoff, or Jon Degenkolb will be eager to make their mark on this year’s race early and will certainly be vying for the win.

Panache Podium Pick: Marcel Kittel

 

Stage 4: Saumur to Limoges

Limoges is making its 15th appearance as a Tour De France host. A very similar day to day 3, this largely flat stage features one categorized climb, although, it is highlighted with an uphill final kilometer.

Although the breakaway will certainly be looking for opportunities, the sprinters teams will still be strong and motivated. Look for another fast bunch kick as the big teams battle.

Panache Podium Pick: Alexander Kristoff

 

Stage 5: Limoges to Le Lioran

Finally, the race gets a shakeup. This is the first “hilly” stage of this year’s tour with six categorized climbs across the day. This 216 km stage will surely be highlighted by a strong breakaway, perhaps with a larger name rider looking to make up for a poor first showing. This stage has multiple potential outcomes. A late break, with the right composition and motivation, could potentially make it to the line. A reduced bunch sprint could also be in the cards. Either way, look for fireworks over the last 30 kilometers as big name riders flex their legs for the first time.

Similar to stage 2, a rider with the right tactical sense and finesse will come away on top. Look for riders like Alaphilippe, Sagan, Valverde, Zdenek Stybar, Dan Martin or Joaquim Rodriguez to make it to the line first.

Panache Podium Pick: Zdenek Stybar

 

Stage 6: Arpajon-sur-Cere to Montauban

The Sprinters will get yet another chance to fight for victory as the peloton makes its way further South, towards the high mountains. On the eve of the tour’s arrival at the Pyrenean mountains, look for Andre Greipel, Marcel Kittel, and Mark Cavendish to, again, headline the favorites.

Jon Degenkolb, Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan, and Michael Matthews wont be far behind, however, as the big teams will be sure to take advantage of their dwindling chances for stage victory. 

Panache Podium Pick: Michael Matthews

 

Stage 7: L’Isle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle

Stage 7 will offer the first chance for the climbers and GC contenders to strut their stuff. Depending on how the Col d’Aspin is raced, many outcomes could come about. If the Col is raced quickly, we could see a group of 4 or 5 riders coming to the line in an attempt to gain valuable time. If the Col is raced tactically and slow, we could see a group of 20 or 30 riders sprinting for stage glory.

Personally, we would like to see some action, so we are predicting a GC battle to set the stage for the following week.

Panache Podium Pick: Dan Martin

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