Before a pedal was pushed and a wheel was turned, this year’s Tour de France seemed to be a three-man fight between Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador, but with six stages complete, it’s now become a duel.
Both reigning champion Froome and the pretender for the Yellow Jersey Quintana have come through the opening week unscathed, as the Tour begins its first Category 1 climb.
The unlucky rider thus far is Contador, who endured a dismal start with a heavy fall on the opening stage, followed by an incident-riddled week.
The two-time winner is over a minute behind already, with Froome and Quintana both just 14 seconds behind early Yellow jersey wearer Greg van Avermaet.
But Stage 7 is where we’ll see the two favourites come to the fore.
The Tour enters the Pyrenees with a Category 1 climb, and though there are bigger climbs to come across the weekend, a tricky descent to the finish line makes Friday’s stage the most intriguing yet.
The Manx rider has stole the headlines so far on the Tour with three impeccably timed sprint wins, taking him to 29 victories overall, but with Climbs not his forte, it could be a little while before win number 30.
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