Tour de France 2013: Contenders Who Will Not Disappoint

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2013

PORT-VECCHIO, FRANCE - JUNE 28:  Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling prepares for a training ride ahead of the 2013 Tour de France on June 28, 2013 in Port-Vecchio, Corsica.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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The Tour de France 2013 got underway recently, and Chris Froome is among the favorites who will not disappoint as the 100th edition of the race progresses.

Early on, it's been tough to tell who the clear favorite is. The pack will stay together for the beginning stages, but things will start to clear up as the stages get more difficult.

Separation will be important for underdogs, but the favorites can hang with the other riders until they find a stage that suits them best.

Let's take a look at some of the favorites who will have a good showing in the Tour de France this year.

Chris Froome, Team Sky, Great Britain

Froome is the clear favorite in this race. He will be under pressure to not make a big mistake, and he will make his move when he's ready.

The 28-year-old knows how to race. He's not going to push himself to keep up with everyone because he knows that it's about pacing himself. He can keep a steady pace and then attack when necessary.

He has the ability to go at a quick pace, which is a huge advantage. Not many riders will be able to keep up when he pushes the tempo later in the race, and Froome can outlast his competition. 

Team Sky is expected to have a good showing. Froome is the top rider on the team, but he will have help from his teammates.

Although one of his teammates, Richie Porte, is expected to do well, Froome is the clear favorite on his team. He doesn't want to fall too far behind the leaders, but he is willing to go at his own pace and race smart.

Richie Porte, Team Sky, Great Britain

If something were to happen to Froome, Porte would have the ability to come through and challenge for the yellow jersey. However, his main objective isn't to win the race. It's to help his teammate win.

Porte has the ability to win the Tour de France at some point in his career. He isn't supposed to win it this year, but he is still expected to be among the leaders as the race moves on.

His biggest role will be to help Froome get the win. If Froome is able to do so, Porte will have a big impact. 

Team Sky needs to take advantage in the mountain stages. Froome and Porte can both handle the tough course and use strength to get past the weaker riders.

Alberto Contador, Team Saxo-Tinkoff, Spain

It's been four years since his last Tour de France victory, but Alberto Contador can never be counted out.

He has done well in this race in his career. He has won twice, so he knows what it takes to come out on top. As well as that, he was stripped of his 2010 title.

Contador can stay with anyone in any stage. His biggest challenge will be to stay with Froome in the mountain stages, but it's something that he is capable of doing.

This will be an intriguing rider to watch. Contador will be Froome's biggest competitor, and Porte will be focused on making sure Contador doesn't beat Froome.

Contador has been here before and knows how to win. He will be near the front of the pack and should finish high.