Tour de France celebrates its 110th anniversary this 2013 and presents its 100th edition in the beautiful island of Corsica. The island surrounded by the calm and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean adorned by beautiful mountainous bike tracks with the wild yet calm scenery will host the first three stages of the race.
The island has been chosen for the first time as it was indeed very unusual to think that any place of France was left untouched in the past 100 editions of the tour. France is a big country and what more way of proving it than introducing the new roads of Corsica to professional biking. These roads are very scenic and cover a lot of mountainous terrain best fit for cycling. It is also a rare beauty for bikers to explore this part of France away from the culture and politics that most associate to France as a whole.
This year’s tour is said to feature some brutal terrain which includes three alpine terrains in the last week of the tour and also include a very hard time trial. With a total of 5 hilly stages, 7 flat stages and 6 mountain stages which include 4 summit finishes the tour is going to cover a total distance of 3360kms and end in Paris at dusk.
Among the favorites of this year’s tour is the Sky team which performed really well in the last few days and their members Chris Froome and Riche Porte won first and second prize at the Criterium International. Team Sky is no longer home to boring maneuvers and tried and tested techniques, they come up with new moves and uncover some world class talents. Team Astana is also poised to make a comeback from its tormented past. These are the main two teams that fans are looking out for in this year’s edition of the Tour de France.