Tour De France 2012 Standings: Riders Who Will Climb the Ranks in Coming Stages

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 2, 2012

TOURNAI, BELGIUM - JULY 02:  Team vie for control at the front of the peloton as they near the finish during stage two of the 2012 Tour de France from Vise to Tournai on July 2, 2012 in Tournai, Belgium.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Tour de France is in its early stages, but there are a few riders primed to jump up the standings in the coming stages.

Cyclists go through an arduous war of attrition, spanning 2,173 miles from June 30 to July 22 in which every single stretch matters.

It's critical that the riders get off to a great start and use early momentum to live up to expectations.

There are some participants who haven't gotten off to the start they surely would have liked, but those same guys will be moving up the standings in due time.

Here are three such competitors.


Cadel Evans

Evans currently sits in eighth place, 17 seconds behind leader Fabian Cancellara.

The 2011 Tour de France winner didn't get off to a blazing start en route to last year's win, but he got going a few races in. The 35-year-old Australian won Stage 4 in 2011 after finishing second in Stage 2.

He'll have the luxury of being surrounded by his teammates, Philippe Gilbert and Tejay Van Garderen, in the next stage at least, which should bode well in terms of maneuvering around the other racers.

Regarding his Stage 2 performance, Evans has this to say (h/t Daily Telegraph): "The team kept me out of trouble all day and you have to be well positioned for this climb."


Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins is the favorite to finish atop the field when all is said and done, but he finds himself seven seconds behind Cancellara for the lead.

Team Sky is determined to put Wiggins in first place by the time July 22 rolls around, and the common goal of a team will be hard for other riders to compete with.

The 27-year-old Englishman has won three major races in 2012, and will be looking to build on his impressive year.


Mark Cavendish

Cavendish's Stage 2 victory marked his 21st stage victory in his Tour de France career. He's regarded as the best sprinter in the field, an advantage that will be magnified with so many flat stages in the near future.

The next stage begins on Tuesday, a 122-mile, mostly flat right from Orchies to Boulogne-sue-Mer. 

He currently sits in 101st place, 2:30 behind the leader, but don't expect him to be that far back for long.

Cavendish didn't win Stage 2 by much, but he now has the momentum heading into the next portion of the race.