Chris Anker Sørensen predicts memorable Tour de France
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Chris Anker Sørensen has just returned from a recon training trip with, among others, Alberto Contador, Roman Kreuziger and Nicholas Roche in the French Alps. The French mountain range will form a beautiful and austere scenery in the last week of this year’s Tour de France:
“You tend to forget how much pain the mountains cause from year to year, but nevertheless, I have to emphasize that the last week of this year’s Tour de France will be the hardest thing I’ve been involved in. The spectacular stage to Alpe d’Huez with two ascents on the legendary climb will be particularly memorable. The prerequisites for all time great finish of the Tour are definitely there when the field on the first ascent will shatter to pieces, and then another climb will be a matter between the very best. There is no time to gain contact with the front of the pack after the first climb and the teams will most likely be minimized. As a consequence, only captains and lieutenants will remain in the front group at the foot of the uphill finish, “ the Dane explains from his home in Italy and continues:
“In general, I believe that the route fits Alberto (Contador) really well, and of course I hope to be selected for the Tour de France line-up. There are probably seven riders in the Saxo-Tinkoff line-up as it is right now but I’m not one of them. I’m on the periphery of riders of the final line-up, “says last year’s winner of the combative jersey in the French race.
How do you prepare for your participation in your perhaps fifth Tour de France?
“After the training camp, I have enjoyed a few days at home in Italy with my family and on Saturday I’ll go to France to do the Criterium Dauphiné Libéré along with, among others, Alberto. It’ here, that I have to prove my worth in terms of getting picked for the Tour line-up. Given the opportunity of going for a stage win, I promise you, I won’t hesitate to grab it but first and foremost I’m there to help and support Alberto. After the Dauphiné, I’m going on a high altitude training camp in the Dolomites for 14 days before going to Denmark for the national championships. I’m always looking forward to the nationals. The Danish continental teams have grown in both numbers of riders and in strength in the past couple of years and as a Danish World Tour team, we’re everyone’s common opponent, “concludes the Danish climber.