The 2016 Tour de France is here! I don't know about you but my world grinds to a halt in July. This year it'll be August too because of the Olympics.
The top favorites have all returned to the Tour to test their fortunes. It will be a hotly contested race and I, for one, am interested to see how things materialize. We can look to Team Sky's Chris Froome, Tinkoff/Saxo's Alberto Contador and Movistars Nairo Quintana to animate the race once we get into the hard stuff.
I also believe that this year Thibault Pinot with FDJ will compete for the podium. Similarly, I think Tejay Vangarderen with BMC will be a podium contender. I don't think either of these men are yet capable of a Tour win, however, given the right circumstances they could certainly step up. Pint has improved every year and I will venture to say last year was not a flash in the pan. Tejay is done "apprenticing" and now is the time to assert himself as a tour contender. To justify his salary he'll have to start to deliver.
As with every year, there will be some new riders that emerge. I enjoy seeing this every year because it makes the race less predictable. I am curious to see how the riders at AG2R do. They have been knocking on the door the last several years and its perfectly possible that we could see one of the them step up to the podium.
Similarly I expect big things out of Jurgen Roelandts with the Lotto Soudal team. He was there or there abouts more than once last year.
I will try to blog my thoughts daily throughout the race and give you my insights and predictions.