Crosswinds Could Hamper the Favorites
The 2018 Tour begins in the Vendée region on France’s western coast. Though the terrain is mostly flat and should suit sprinters such as Mark Cavendish, the area is famous for the winds that rake in from the ocean. With every turn, riders must constantly adjust their position in the field to account for shifts in the wind. Crosswinds can easily split the field and leave a race favorite far behind. Dutch riders are especially good at racing in the wind and 2017 Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin could use these conditions to his advantage. Teams will be constantly battling to keep their riders near the front — and someone could easily be left without a chair when the music stops.