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France of France more low cost begins for Spanish cycling

France of France more low cost begins for Spanish cycling

  Alberto counter This weekend begins the Tour de France! It will be the tenth gala round in which the Spaniards Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde participate. Both will enter this year the select group of runners who have pedaled in at least 10 editions of the Tour. But not all are good data for the Spanish expedition. In fact, that of 2017 will be the tour with the lowest presence of Spanish cyclists of the 21st century. Of the 44 who took the departure in the 2003 prologue stage, it has been passed to only 13, which will be the ones on Saturday in Düsseldorf, a place chosen for the first stage. Spain has traditionally been among the three countries that contributed the most runners to the most representative stages of world cycling. However, in this edition it will be the sixth. And in regards to the teams, there will only be one of Spanish capital in the departure line, the Movistar Team by Alejandro Valverde. Alejandro Valverde That they are few does not necessarily mean that the options of achieving great results have also been reduced. In the favorite panel Alberto Contador is still, who despite not being at the best moment of his career is one of the candidates to dress the yellow mailot in the Eliseos fields of Paris. Its main rivals will once again be the Colombian Nairo Quintana and the British Chris Froome -the main favorite. The Australian Richie includes the poker of applicants to win the tour. In France, they hope that Romain Bardet, second in last year's edition, ends 32 years of drought. That is the time that French cycling takes without seeing one of his at the top of the podium in the Eliseos fields.
In the 2003 edition, a total of 44 Spanish cyclists took the exit in the Tour. In 2017 they will be only 13.
Who does arrive at a time spectacular is Alejandro Valverde. Despite having 37 years, he is one of the most regular runners in the platoon, as he has shown in the first half of the season. Although a priori is not part of the squad of candidates for the final victory, it has great options to expand its palm tree of stage victories and end in the Top-10. Mikel Landa, Ion Izaguirre, Dani Navarro and Jonathan Castroviejo are other Spanish corridors who aspire to register their name in the Tour de France, either in the form of a podium or stage victories.
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