The english soccer team disappointed – a scot failed at wimbledon AGAIN – so we turn our hopes of at least one sporting achievement this year to the SKY cycling team in the Tour de France. The 97th Tour de France gets under way today, 3rd July, with British duo Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish both eyeing glory on the roads of France. Wiggins, fourth last year, is hoping to contend for overall victory while Cavendish is targeting the green jersey awarded to the points winner. "With the way everything’s gone form-wise, I couldn’t be in a better position," said 30-year-old Wiggins. Reigning champion Alberto Contador is favourite to secure victory in Paris. The race begins with a short prologue in the Dutch city of Rotterdam ahead of 20 stages that will cover 3,642km (2,263 miles) before finishing in the French capital. Running from Saturday July 3rd to Sunday July 25th 2010, the 97th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,642 kilometres.
The race has several elements:
1 prologue,9 flat stages,6 mountain stages and 3 summit finishes,4 medium mountain stages,1 individual time-trial stage (52 km).
11 new stage towns are visited: Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, Bourg-de-Péage, Bourg-lès-Valence, Gueugnon, Longjumeau, Pamiers, Pauillac, Sisteron, Station des Rousses, Tournus, Wanze (Belgium).
so let us sit back,admire french countryside, and cheer on the British team in [a drug free] 2010 Tour!