Saturday June 29th, 2013

Stage 1Porto-Vecchio / Bastia

Start 12h15 GMT 2+

Sprinters chasing the yellow jersey

Sporting stakes29.06.2013Stage 1- Porto-Vecchio / Bastia

For the third time since 2008 the first day of the Tour de France does not start with a time trial. The 100th edition begins with a day when the profile suggests a sprinter could earn himself not just the stage win but also the yellow jersey.

When discussing the opening stage of the 2013 Tour de France, the race director Christian Prudhomme and others on the organising committee suggest that the route has effectively been designed for a sprint finish. The lack of hills in the finale suggest that this outcome is highly likely but, of course, anything can happen on the 213km stage from Porto Vecchio to Bastia.
There is only one categorised climb and it comes early in the stage but riders who have ridden the course warn that it is a tough opening stanza with lots of undulations particularly in the opening 50km.
As the peloton makes its way to from the south of Corsica to the north, we are sure to see a group of escapees trying their luck for the reward for aggression has the potential to be huge: a yellow jersey awaits the winner.
Should the predicted sprint eventuate, there are several obvious candidates for the victory. The winner of 23 stages in his Tour de France career, Mark Cavendish (OPQ), is fresh from a victory in the British championships six days ago. One of his German rivals, André Greipel (LTB), is also wearing a national champion's jersey earned in Wangen last Sunday. There are plenty of other sprint specialists on the start list, and each will know the way to the line in Bastia which includes a U-turn with 2km to go. From that point on, it's a lead-out frenzy along the coastline.
Other names to look out for in a sprint include last year's green jersey winner Peter Sagan (CAN), the German pair from Argos-Shimano John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel, Tasmania's Matt Goss (OGE), or former French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ). There is, however, a list of 198 riders who could take the yellow jersey today... who is your pick?

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