The Tour de France is set for the historic 100th edition in 2013. Fitting with this landmark edition, Le Tour is set to revisit some true classics. Mont Ventoux, the ‘Giant of Provence’ will make an appearance in a monster 242km stage 15. Not only will fans witness the great Ventoux in the 2013 edition, the race will bear witness to a DOUBLE ASCENT of l'Alpe d'Huez in stage 18.
With one added mountain stage and significantly less time trialling, the coming Tour looks to be a right challenge for current yellow jersey holder Bradley Wiggins (Sky). With news that Wiggins may be riding the Giro d'Italia in 2013, the competion may be wide open. Perhaps a second (third) coming for Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff)is in order. Perhaps Chris Froome (Sky) may rise to the occasion given his proven skills in the high mountains.
Another interesting point for the tour - Mark Cavendish’s departure from Team Sky for the pastures of Omega Pharma-QuickStep may reignite his chances for the green points jersey. He will again have a team focused on helping him achieve his goal rather than sharing team support with a true general classification contender.
Best of luck again to Cadel Evans and the rest of the Australian hoarde that will be taking on the Tour in 2013.
At a total of 3342km, what a wonderful tour this looks to be shaping up as.