Tour De France Stage 1 Preview

Updated: June 28, 2013


The Tour De France 2013 will start for the first time in its history on the island of Corsica and will go from Porto Vecchio to Bastia.

The race is on Saturday, the 29th of June and is 212 kilometres long, this stage will follow the eastern cost of the island from the south to the north. The track consists of beautiful countryside and at certain points views of the beach.

Team Saxo in Porto Vecchio

Team Saxo preparing for the Porto Vecchio to Bastia race


What Kind of race is it?

Map heights 2013 tour de france

Map of the different heights at each point of the race.

As much reported, this first stage is unique in the fact that it is almost as if it was made for a sprinter to win the stage and wear the yellow jersey, this race is classed as a flat course. The highest peak is early on in the race at 45,5 kilometres and only goes up to 147 metres. After the 147 metre mark it’s all plain sailing after that, basically a flat race throughout. Chris Froome has already said that this stage will be a difficult one with the roads being rugged and crowded, we should expect a fair amount of crashes in Corsica.

The favourite to win this first stage and pick up the yellow is Mark Cavendish as he is the notable sprinter in this competition and will be aiming to stack up those stage wins to his impressive list. Peter Sagan, Tyler Farrar, Elia Viviani, Borut Bozic, Matt Goss and Alexander Kristoff are cyclists to keep an eye on in this race.

My prediction to win tomorrow is Mark Cavendish, which would be the first time he wears the yellow jersey. I predict that Alexander Kristoff could come in the top five, bronze-medallist in road racing in the London Olympics.

Preview of the first stage of the Tour De France 2013 by Seb True

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