- Published: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:22
- Written by Staff
Stage Previews of the 100th Tour de France By USCR's Scott Dueker
-Text by Scott Dueker
Depending on how you count it, this is either the 100th running of the Tour de France or the 110th edition. Regardless of the semantics, this course is billed as one for the climbers. Mountains figure into the strategy early and often throughout each week. Unlike other editions, mountain and sprint stages aren’t divided by weeks; there are both in every week. If Cavendish or Sagan hope to bring home a green jersey, they must endure the high mountains to get the points necessary. General classification riders like Froome, Evans, Contador, and Schleck will need to stay out of trouble during the intermediate stages because any mishap can lead to disaster. The balance of the stages throughout will definitely make for an interesting race to watch. Let’s break it down by week.