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A look at the leading favourites for the 100th edition of the world's greatest cycling race.
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The 100th edition of the greatest cycling race is shaping up to be a classic this year. Let's take a look at the leading contenders.
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It's hard to look past Team Sky's Chris Froome who is the overwhelming favourite, particularly in the absence of last year’s winner Bradley Wiggins.
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The 28-year-old Kenyan-born Brit will have strong team support throughout, particularly in the mountains where the likes of teammates Richie Porte, Michael Rogers and Rigoberto Uran will be a huge boost.
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If that wasn’t enough, Froome has has won four of the five stage races (Oman, Romandie, Criterium International, Criterium du Dauphine) he entered this year.
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Don’t discount Froome’s teammate Richie Porte. He showed by winning the Paris-Nice this season that he is a decent stage racer. However, he is Froome’s lieutenant which leaves little room for personal ambition.
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With two yellow jerseys to his name as well as titles from the Tour of Spain and Giro d’Italia, Alberto Contador is Froome’s major threat. However, since a positive test for clenbuterol led to a ban and the loss of titles from the Tour de France (2010) and Giro (2011), the Spaniard has been less dominant. 
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Keep an eye out for BMC’s Cadel Evans, winner of the Tour in 2011. He is in good form this season, finishing third overall in the Giro after a poor start to the season. But at 36 does he have the stamina to perform well in two grand tours in the same year?
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Tejay van Garderen is another rider to watch. A decent time trialist and good climber he finished fifth in last year’s Tour. However, he is not BMC’s leader and will take up a support role for Evans.
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Joaquim Rodriguez, left, underlined his credentials with a runner-up finish at the 2012 Giro d’Italia and twice finishing third in the Tour of Spain. The downside is he’s generally considered more suited for one-week stage and one-day races. How will he hack the pace in the three-week Tour?
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Finally, don’t discount Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal, riding for Garmin-Sharp. His best finish in the Tour was 6th in 2010. He’s a strong climber and has a winning mentality after triumphing in the Giro last year. However, he withdrew from this year’s edition with illness and crashed heavily during the Tour of Switzerland.
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In Pictures: Tour de France contendershttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contendersA look at the leading favourites for the 100th edition of the world's greatest cycling race.en-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:05:32 GMTWed, 26 Jun 2013 12:25:44 GMTThe itinerary of the 2013 Tour de France cycling race is presented at a news conference in Parishttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=0bWi7wS3Tuf7E

The 100th edition of the greatest cycling race is shaping up to be a classic this year. Let's take a look at the leading contenders.

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:37:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=0bWi7wS3Tuf7EBENOIT TESSIERREUTERSReuters Pictures

The 100th edition of the greatest cycling race is shaping up to be a classic this year. Let's take a look at the leading contenders.

The itinerary of the 2013 Tour de France cycling race is presented at a news conference in Paris
Chris Froome Photo Shoothttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=0fWw3JfeVzfya

It's hard to look past Team Sky's Chris Froome who is the overwhelming favourite, particularly in the absence of last year’s winner Bradley Wiggins.

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=0fWw3JfeVzfyaBryn LennonGetty ImagesGetty Images

It's hard to look past Team Sky's Chris Froome who is the overwhelming favourite, particularly in the absence of last year’s winner Bradley Wiggins.

Chris Froome Photo Shoot
96th Giro d'Italia cycling racehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=04JOg1777kg31The 28-year-old Kenyan-born Brit will have strong team support throughout, particularly in the mountains where the likes of teammates Richie Porte, Michael Rogers and Rigoberto Uran will be a huge boost.
Sun, 05 May 2013 14:16:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=04JOg1777kg31DANIEL DAL ZENNAROEPAEPA ImagesThe 28-year-old Kenyan-born Brit will have strong team support throughout, particularly in the mountains where the likes of teammates Richie Porte, Michael Rogers and Rigoberto Uran will be a huge boost.
96th Giro d'Italia cycling race
Cycling Criterium du Dauphinehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=07RFcRO0dk0Il

If that wasn’t enough, Froome has has won four of the five stage races (Oman, Romandie, Criterium International, Criterium du Dauphine) he entered this year.

Sun, 02 Jun 2013 14:12:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=07RFcRO0dk0IlMAXIME SCHMIDEPAEPA Images

If that wasn’t enough, Froome has has won four of the five stage races (Oman, Romandie, Criterium International, Criterium du Dauphine) he entered this year.

Cycling Criterium du Dauphine
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Don’t discount Froome’s teammate Richie Porte. He showed by winning the Paris-Nice this season that he is a decent stage racer. However, he is Froome’s lieutenant which leaves little room for personal ambition.

Sun, 10 Mar 2013 17:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=06JP3QDcFNbDOJEFF PACHOUDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Don’t discount Froome’s teammate Richie Porte. He showed by winning the Paris-Nice this season that he is a decent stage racer. However, he is Froome’s lieutenant which leaves little room for personal ambition.

CYCLING-FRA-PARIS-NICE
CYCLING-FRA-DAUPHINEhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=09gbcjBa4WcNn

With two yellow jerseys to his name as well as titles from the Tour of Spain and Giro d’Italia, Alberto Contador is Froome’s major threat. However, since a positive test for clenbuterol led to a ban and the loss of titles from the Tour de France (2010) and Giro (2011), the Spaniard has been less dominant. 

Sun, 09 Jun 2013 16:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=09gbcjBa4WcNnJEFF PACHOUDAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

With two yellow jerseys to his name as well as titles from the Tour of Spain and Giro d’Italia, Alberto Contador is Froome’s major threat. However, since a positive test for clenbuterol led to a ban and the loss of titles from the Tour de France (2010) and Giro (2011), the Spaniard has been less dominant. 

CYCLING-FRA-DAUPHINE
2013 Giro d'Italia - Stage Twohttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=0eh3eIY3Mw1OH

Keep an eye out for BMC’s Cadel Evans, winner of the Tour in 2011. He is in good form this season, finishing third overall in the Giro after a poor start to the season. But at 36 does he have the stamina to perform well in two grand tours in the same year?

Sun, 05 May 2013 17:54:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=0eh3eIY3Mw1OHBryn LennonGetty ImagesGetty Images

Keep an eye out for BMC’s Cadel Evans, winner of the Tour in 2011. He is in good form this season, finishing third overall in the Giro after a poor start to the season. But at 36 does he have the stamina to perform well in two grand tours in the same year?

2013 Giro d'Italia - Stage Two
Tour de Suisse - ninth stagehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=08zz88AbE0gndTejay van Garderen is another rider to watch. A decent time trialist and good climber he finished fifth in last year’s Tour. However, he is not BMC’s leader and will take up a support role for Evans.
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:24:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=08zz88AbE0gndARNO BALZARINIEPAEPA ImagesTejay van Garderen is another rider to watch. A decent time trialist and good climber he finished fifth in last year’s Tour. However, he is not BMC’s leader and will take up a support role for Evans.
Tour de Suisse - ninth stage
Liege Bastogne Liege cycling racehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=0dNVfUC4TKgts

Joaquim Rodriguez, left, underlined his credentials with a runner-up finish at the 2012 Giro d’Italia and twice finishing third in the Tour of Spain. The downside is he’s generally considered more suited for one-week stage and one-day races. How will he hack the pace in the three-week Tour?

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 16:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=0dNVfUC4TKgtsBERNARD PAPON / POOLEPAEPA Images

Joaquim Rodriguez, left, underlined his credentials with a runner-up finish at the 2012 Giro d’Italia and twice finishing third in the Tour of Spain. The downside is he’s generally considered more suited for one-week stage and one-day races. How will he hack the pace in the three-week Tour?

Liege Bastogne Liege cycling race
CYCLING-ITA-TOUR-GIROhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=091R69s9gfd71

Finally, don’t discount Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal, riding for Garmin-Sharp. His best finish in the Tour was 6th in 2010. He’s a strong climber and has a winning mentality after triumphing in the Giro last year. However, he withdrew from this year’s edition with illness and crashed heavily during the Tour of Switzerland.

Sat, 04 May 2013 16:56:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Tour-de-France-contenders?image_id=091R69s9gfd71AFPAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Finally, don’t discount Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal, riding for Garmin-Sharp. His best finish in the Tour was 6th in 2010. He’s a strong climber and has a winning mentality after triumphing in the Giro last year. However, he withdrew from this year’s edition with illness and crashed heavily during the Tour of Switzerland.

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