The top finishers of Stage 1 of the 2013 Tour de France’s weren’t on odds makers’ radars as favorites to win the event.
There is still plenty of race left to run, though. Here are the first four cyclists who crossed the finish line in Stage 1, and whether they’ll be able to maintain their pace.
4. David Millar
The 36-year-old Millar has had plenty of success in individual Tour de France stages throughouthis long career. In the 11 Tour de France’s he’s participated in, Millar has won five stages. However, he’s never finished better than 55th place.
Last year, he finished 106th. Expect Millar to fade back into the pack.
3. Danny van Poppel
While Millar has a history of not finishing the Tour de France strong, Van Poppel barely has a history. He’s only 19 years old, but age didn’t stop him from earning a visit to the podium in Stage 1.
Infostrada Sports reported that his performance was a historical one.
Van Poppel entered as the race’s youngest cyclist since World War II, according to Sky Sports. He proved he has the speed, but it’d still be surprising to hear Van Poppel make more noise in the Tour de France.
2. Alexander Kristoff
Like Van Poppel, Kristoff hasn’t had any Tour de France success either. The 25-year-old Norwegian is far from an unknown, though, as he won bronze in the men’s road race at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Kristoff is an elite sprinter, but he’ll need to show endurance that he isn’t known for to stay in front.
1. Marcel Kittel
Speaking of elite sprinters, Kittel proved to be just that yet again in Stage 1. He’s won three stages in the past two Tour of Oman’s.
Kittel made his Tour de France debut last year, but stomach pains forced him to withdraw in Stage 5. Out of the first stage’s top four, Kittel has the highest odds to stay hot.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.
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