The Peloton Brief has selected some of their favourite dark horses, daring domestiques and chance challengers in the Le Tour de France. These riders are some of the most charismatic, friendly and engaging we know and for sure we think they all rock (and roll.)
How do I take part?
Join us on twitter @1ookmumnohands. Use the hashtag #riderresults to tweet your prediction of where you think our rider will place in the stage. Cut off point is 5K to go. Closet predictions wins! Judges decision is final.
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Our rider list (subject to change, and in no particular order) below:
Laurens Ten Dam: 50% cyclist, 50% camping life of dreams… sort of. Laurens has picked up his life and moved out to California for some easy living vibes. He’s still 100% cyclist though really, and natural talent shows through on him.
Ian Boswell: Riding in his debut Tour de France, Katusha’s vermont boy’s ears are as good as his legs. Check out his brilliant taste in music, insight can often be found in his Instagram stories. he’s got his very own grand fondo this year as well- check out Peacham Fall Fondo for all the info.
Taylor Phinney: One of the biggest characters in the Peloton for sure, Taylor’s style cannot be surpassed. Self proclaimed “Vibrations” CEO of the team, count on him to keep morale up.
Heinrich Haussler: After a year basically without racing due to a knee injury we are always happy to see Heino back in action. Despite the name this guy is Aussie through and through. Ex Aussie champion actually, and a strong man for the Bahrain- Merida team. Always a great rider to watch, and engage with.
Michael Hepburn: The ever smiling Michael rides the Tour in support of Yates of course, bringing raw power to the team, especially in the TTT and flats. The mountains aren’t Hepy’s best friend, but this boy can suffer and we are sure he will get through them and come out stronger for it.
Rory Sutherland: Rory is another Tour debutante here, as his career is coming into its golden years. He’s riding as a loyal lieutenant to Dan Martin on UAE team emirates. Expect to see Rory near the front of the peloton forcing the pace, or staying with Dan, protecting his leader. When Rory isn’t racing he can usually be found at the cafe he owns in Girona: Federal Cafe” or diligently working on with his coaching business Altura group.
Daniel Oss: The Rock and Roll badass of the bunch. As home on the bike as he is in the mosh pit of a metal concert, Oss brings some seriously different vibes into the somewhat bland peloton. This year in his first year with Bora-Hansgrohe he’s proven himself as one of Peter Sagan’s most reliable riders, and Daniel will be crucial in the quest to retain the Green Jersey through to Paris.
Robert Gesink: Another one of Girona’s finest: Robert when not cycling is whipping up incredible coffee out of his vintage truck “The Broomwagon” check them out. A man of the mountains, Bobby G will be key to Kruijswick and makes up part of the strong Lotto-NL squad.
Toms Skujins: Who doesn’t and couldn’t love Toms? He proudly wore those Polka dots for the first week of the race, and his humility and candor set him apart. The Latvian native on the Trek team is loving his month long bicycle ride around France, and we are too.
Good luck to all the riders in the Le Tour!
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