Also in the lead pack
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.
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.