2014 ROAD RACE PREVIEW

Date posted: 30/12/2013

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BMC Racing will head to Adelaide led by home favorite Cadel Evans. But it’s his countryman and fellow fi’zi:k rider, Richie Porte of Team Sky, who looks set to be the man to beat, though don’t discount teammate Geraint Thomas.

Team Sky will look to break their duck in the One-Day Classics, though don’t ignore Philippe Gilbert, who’ll look to register his first Classics win since Liège -Bastogne-Liège in 2011. The Belgian showed strong late-season form in 2013 with a stage victory at the Vuelta and top-10 at the World Championships.

The Giro d’Italia begins in Belfast on 9 May, where Porte and Evans look set to once again lead their teams. Cannondale’s captain Ivan Basso, who won the Giro in 2006 and 2010, will also be in contention. And don’t discount Ireland’s Dan Martin, who’ll have the extra motivation of performing on home soil. He’s aiming to become the first Irishman to win a Grand Tour since Sean Kelly’s victory at the 1988 Vuelta.

And then it’s the Tour. Chris Froome will begin the defense of his title with the Grand Depart between Leeds and Harrogate on 5 July. Whether 2012 winner Bradley Wiggins will join him is yet to be confirmed. What is clear is Vincenzo Nibali’s inclusion. After winning the 2013 Giro and finishing second at the Vuelta, the Italian will look to improve on his third place at the Tour in 2012.
Who’ll write the 2014 headlines remains to be seen, but one thing’s assured: fi’zi:k riders will continue to ride their way into the history books.