Also in the lead pack

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — Suzanne Hal­libur­ton

Andy Sch­leck of the Saxo Bank team fin­ished sec­ond to Al­berto Con­ta­dor in last year’s Tour de France.

A look at more rid­ers who will con­tend for the yel­low jersey at the Tour de France, in pro­jected or­der of fin­ish:

Sch­leck fin­ished sec­ond to Con­ta­dor a year ago, per­haps ben­e­fit­ing from race strat­egy em­ployed by the then-pow­er­ful As­tana team.

An ace climber, Sch­leck has been ham­pered by in­juries since last De­cem­ber.

Wig­gins was a sur­prise last year, fin­ish­ing fourth over­all. He had been known as a time-trial spe­cial­ist, but he was able to stick with the bet­ter climbers in the moun­tains.

Wig­gins also switched teams in the off­sea­son. His sup­port rid­ers won’t be as strong as those for Ra­dioShack or Saxo Bank. celled as a time-tri­aler, but he’s never lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions as an over­all rider.

How­ever, he knocked off Leipheimer, the three-time cham­pion, to win the Tour of Cal­i­for­nia in May.

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Bradley Wig­gins, who rides for Team Sky, sur­prised many by fin­ish­ing fourth in the 2009 Tour. He has im­proved his climb­ing and re­mains a top time-trial per­former.

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