The most anticipated Velo issue of the year is here. The official North American guide to the 2013 Tour de France will help you follow every stage of the Tour, from the first moments in Corsica through the final turns under the lights of Paris.
Our in-depth analysis will help you understand which competitors are most likely to don the yellow jersey in the historic 100th edition of the race, as well as who will impress on the sprint days, and which mountain stages will provide the biggest spectacle. Will Team Sky control the race like they did last year? Or will the likes of Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodríguez attack their way to upset the control of the British juggernaut? With two strong riders at opposite ends of their careers, will BMC Racing choose to ride for Cadel Evans, the 2011 champion, or the young and rising talent of Tejay van Garderen, recent winner of the Amgen Tour of California? Can Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal upset all the favorites to take victory for North America?
Velo has once again teamed up with Tour de France owner ASO to provide in-depth descriptions of the stages, teams, and riders of note — the overall contenders, the best sprinters and climbers, and the young riders most likely to impress. With captivating photos and maps, historical notes on each stage route, and extras such as “The Evolution of Tour Tech,” this 140-page guide is the complete package, for both avid cycling fans and newcomers to the sport. Be in the know this season as the world’s biggest cycling event draws near.
Included in the guide are:
• A map of the entire 2013 route
• Our analysis of the favorites, including Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodríguez, Ryder Hesjedal, Tejay van Garderen, Cadel Evans, and Jurgen Van Den Broeck, rated by climbing ability, time trial prowess, tactical sense, and team strength
• A breakdown of each team’s strengths and weaknesses and the riders to watch in each competition (GC, sprints, KOMs, young rider, most aggressive)
• Each team’s predicted roster (along with the complete roster), and commentary from five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault
• Elevation profile maps and detailed descriptions for each of the Tour’s 21 stages
• A decade-by-decade comparison of the equipment used during the Tour and how it has changed, and stayed the same
• An excerpt from the new book, Tour de France 100: A Photographic History of the World’s Greatest Race, commemorating the historic 100th edition of the Tour
Pick up your copy of the official North American guide to the 2013 Tour de France today. The issue is available now on newsstands.