Tour De France 2013 Stage 2 Preview Bastia To Ajaccio

Updated: June 29, 2013

Still on the beautiful and historic island of Corsica and after what looked like being an uneventful first stage, we then saw a crash and organisation confusion which added an extra bit of drama for the end.

What to Expect

This time round there will be a few mountain climbs, but not like in the first stage where a sprinter could have taken the polka dot shirt just for ironic reasons. Three uphill climbs adds up to a total of 15 kilometres of climbing, Col de Vizzanova and Col de Serra, the highest point is 1163 at the top of Vizzanova. Depending on the weather, it could either be too sunny and become too hot for the cyclists who won’t have much shade or it could become too windy which will make the race a lot more exciting. After the two climbs there a sprinter could try and take the upper-hand with a long and flat descent although it is followed by a 10 kilometre climb afterwards.

Image of different climbs bastia to ajecco

The different heights of each check-point of the Bastia to Ajaccio stage

Marcel Kitter will start the race with the yellow jersey but everyone will be on equal times, so that means that the winner of this stage will take the yellow jersey for the next stage.

I predict that Peter Sagan will win this race and probably comfortably because he is a great all-rounder who will aim to have the green, polka dot and even yellow jersey by the next stage, although he wouldn’t be able to wear all three, someone else would wear it. Chris Froome will also be a strong contender for this stage and could also see him sneaking into any of the three jerseys. Stage 1 winner Marcel Kittel will have difficulty with this stage, typically being a sprinter, but he might not have as much difficulties as people predict but I can’t at all see him winning this stage.

Preview and Predictions by Sebastian True

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