Tour De France 2012: 5 Dark Horses for an Overall Victory

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Tour De France 2012: 5 Dark Horses for an Overall Victory
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As the Grand Depart of the 2012 Tour De France rapidly approaches, we are faced with a race robbed of two of the favourites for overall victory.

With Alberto Contador still serving his suspension and Andy Schleck out following an injury suffered in the Dauphiné, we have been left with two other clear favourites for the race, Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans.

With Wiggins in dominant form this year, he has been installed as the bookies' favourite to be wearing the yellow jersey in Paris. Reigning champion Cadel Evans is the other frontrunner following his victory last year, but has not been nearly as impressive as Wiggins this season.

Both men come into the Tour with extremely strong teams backing them, which will only serve to put them further ahead of their rivals.

In a race as long and grueling as the Tour, nothing can be taken for granted. Only last year, Wiggins saw his chances blown by a broken collarbone suffered on stage seven.

If Wiggins and Evans don't live up to the expectations put on them then who will be the riders that may challenge for the victory?

Here are the top-five riders who have an outside chance of challenging for victory on the Champs Elysees.

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