The anticipation is building towards the pedalling masterclass that is the Tour de France and here at Ladbrokes News we are joining in the fun by aiming to pick a few odds-against riders for a top-10 overall finish.
15th in the general classification stakes last year in just his second season as a pro, the future is particularly bright for this young Frenchman.
Bardet, a fierce climber who remained within the top 20 in the King Of The Mountain battle until stage 17, is a prime candidate for the White Jersey in 2014.
Backed by a strong ALM team which finished second overall last year, Bardet has serious claims.
After a brilliant breakthrough season in 2013, the Swiss rider hasn’t hung around in 2014 either.
It began with a second overall in the Criterium International – where he secured both the Green and Polka-dot jerseys, before another runner-up spot in the Tour de Suisse placed the 25-year-old firmly on the map.
The switch to IAM Cycling can only aid this all-rounder.
The Australian Team Sky rider, lived up to the nickname Tasmanian Devil putting together a super-impressive Tour in 2013, finishing 19th overall and eighth in the mountains classifications.
2014 has seen Team Sky’s progressive all-rounder pick up some notable results already, where he finished second in the Vuelta a Andalucia before posting a fourth overall – including a stage win – at the Tour Down Under.
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