High Speed & High Stakes… The Le Tour de France 2012 Prologue is one of the most high stakes stages in bike racing. 6.4km of maximum effort, with the winner being gifted with the Yellow Jersey at the end of the day. The value placed upon this for teams, sponsors and the riders themselves is truly enormous.
The race is short enough that pure time triallists will not have everything their way, with powerful athletes able to overcome their aerodynamic disadvantage by putting out more power.
Ty Farrar came awfully close in 2010 to taking the Yellow Jersey, and will again be a threat today.
For mine, the top five in the High Speed & High Stakes stage will be:
- Dave Millar
- Fabian Cancellara
- Matt Goss
- Tony Martin
- Brad Wiggins
Bring it on!