On June 30, the 2012 Tour de France will get underway. The field seems fairly wide open this year, with plenty of room for a dark horse to make a significant run at capturing the most prestigious championship in cycling.
Alex Malone at Cyclingnews.com believes that the Tour de France will very much be a two-horse race between favorites Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Cadel Evans. Malone suggests that the other three most likely contenders for the yellow jersey are Vincenzo Nibali, Frank Schleck and Robert Gesink, the last of whom captured this year's Tour of California title.
Regarding the competition between front-runners Evans and Wiggins, Malone believes that the single-minded aspirations of Cadel's BMC team for accomplishing nothing other than the yellow jersey will work out in its favor. Wiggins and Sky Procycling have made it clear they're gunning for both the yellow and green jerseys. That split focus may end up working against them.