14-06-2017, CANYON Canyon at the Tour de France
From Yellow to Yellow
On 1 July, the wheels of the 2017 Tour de France’s rolling circus will start to move as the sport’s largest spectacle hits the road. Starting point? Düsseldorf. Germany. The eyes of the cycling world will be focussed on the Rhineland city with Le Tour making a long-awaited return to its Teutonic neighbour.
Just over 100 kilometres downstream from Canyon.Home, the 2017 edition carries special significance among a strong local riding community. This is the closest the race has passed by since Stage 8 of the 1992 edition came to a climax on Koblenz’s Hohenzollernstraße and its broad boulevard. As deals go, this one could barely be bigger.
A 14 km individual time trial kicks off the 2017 race, offering German riders the once-in-a-career chance to take the Maillot Jaune in front of their home fans. TT World Champion, Tony Martin, has been building his entire season around clocking the fastest time come 1 July. For many commentators, the prospect of the powerful German riding the Speedmax CF SLX to the win on his native turf on a course tailored to his strengths is hard to look beyond. Nevertheless, it’s never over until the final wheel crosses the finish line.
Off the back of a strong second place in the Giro d’Italia, Nairo Quintana returns to challenge in the overall classification. Having finished on the podium in all of his previous three attempts, the Colombian is rightly regarded as one of the race favourites. While some critics believe the prospect of winning the Tour having already ridden the Giro is a step too far, Quintana is no stranger to silencing his doubters.
Yellow in Düsseldorf. Yellow in Paris. Two riders. Two teams. A dream scenario that would complete the circle; from the humble Koblenz bike shop to Tour de France champions. This story has yet to be written...
From Yellow to Yellow.