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Form ranking: Tour de France 2022 contenders

Form ranking: Tour de France 2022 contenders

Five of the top contenders for the 2022 Tour de France 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images composite) The Tour de France is still three and…

Tuesday, Mar 15

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Five of the top contenders for the 2022 Tour de France 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images composite)

The Tour de France is still three and a half months away but the season is in full flow and the yellow jersey contenders have all had a chance to showcase their early form.

What’s more, after the scattered appointments of January and February, the past week saw the world’s best riders convene in France and Italy for concurrent editions of Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico – two of the most prestigious week-long races on the calendar.

There’s still plenty of time to rectify the situation for those who’ve had slow starts but, as one rider told us recently: "It’s never too early to win nowadays."

That’s certainly the case for the winner of the past two Tours, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), who has stormed out of the blocks with seven wins to his name already. At this point, he looks as big a favourite as you could possibly imagine.

While Pogačar was winning Tirreno-Adriatico, his compatriot Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was winning Paris-Nice, and it’s the two Slovenians who once again top our first ‘form ranking’ of 2022.

But who else has impressed, and who’s got ground to make up? Read on for our analysis of the riders who’ll be battling it out in July. 1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) Results 1st, Tirreno-Adriatico (2 stage wins) 1st, Strade Bianche 1st, UAE Tour (2 stage wins) Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) claims the yellow jersey in 2021 […]

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