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Cyclist's Tour de France predictions: What actually happened

Cyclist magazine
19 Sep 2020

Cyclist staffers reveal who they're tipping for Tour de France glory, but place wagers at your own risk

We've had a think about who might win, surprise and disappoint at the 2020 Tour de France. You can let us know on Facebook and Twitter just how wrong you think we are.

How did we do?

Yellow jersey: Tadej Pogacar won the race after turning a 57 second deficit into a 59 second advantage in the Stage 20 time-trial, winning the race overall on his debut 
Green jersey: Sam Bennett was a very deserved and likeable winner of the points jersey  
Polka dot jersey: Tadej Pogacar's scorching ride on the uphill section of his race winning time-trial also secured the mountains classification 
White jersey: Tadej Pogacar took white along with yellow, and is eligible for this classification for another four seasons 
Team classification winners: Movistar's only real showing in the race 
Rider with the most stage wins: Tadej Pogacar took three stage wins against a number of riders on two   
Team with the most stage wins: Four wins for UAE-Team Emirates   
First yellow jersey: None of us saw Alexander Kristoff winning Stage 1, but no one can begrudge him the victory
Biggest surprise: Probably Alexander Kristoff winning Stage 1, Primoz Roglic losing the overall in the Stage 20 TT was not a surprise to at least one of us... 
Biggest disappointment: Thibaut Pinot's chances being ended by a crash on Stage 1 

Cyclist predictions: Who we backed at the 2020 Tour de France

Peter Muir, Editor

Yellow jersey: Primoz Roglic: the strongest guy on the strongest team 
Green jersey: Peter Sagan: he may not be in form, but he makes it a formality every year, so why would it be any different this year? 
Polka dot jersey: Adam Yates: holding up the British end (he'll win it by accident while going for stages) 
White jersey: Tadej Pogacar 
Team classification winners: Jumbo-Visma: it'll be like watching a yellow steamroller in action 
Rider with the most stage wins: Caleb Ewan: the Lotto sprinter looks to be the fastest of the pure fast men 
Team with the most stage wins: Lotto-Soudal: a hatful for Ewan, a couple for De Gendt on breakaway days, and the likes of Gilbert and Degenkolb will mop up the scraps 
First yellow jersey: Caleb Ewan: although wouldn't it be nice to see Andre Greipel roll back the years? 
Biggest surprise: Guillaume Martin to be France's highest placed rider on GC 
Biggest disappointment: Deceuninck-QuickStep and Movistar to come away almost empty-handed

Jack Elton-Walters, Website Editor

Yellow jersey: Tom Dumoulin 
Green jersey: Wout van Aert 
Polka dot jersey: George Bennett or Julian Alaphilippe 
White jersey: Egan Bernal 
Team classification winners: Movistar 
Rider with the most stage wins: Wout van Aert 
Team with the most stage wins: Deceuninck-QuickStep 
First yellow jersey: Peter Sagan 
Biggest surprise: Primoz Roglic dropping out of overall contention in the final TT 
Biggest disappointment: Thibaut Pinot not winning but he’ll be a gallant second 

Stu Bowers, Editor-at-Large

I still don’t see this actually going ahead

Joe Robinson, Web Writer

Yellow jersey: Heart says Thibaut Pinot; soul says Nario Quintana; wallet says Tom Dumoulin; logic says Egan Bernal 
Green jersey: Peter Sagan but I hope for a surprise winner such as goog guy Greg van Avermaet.
Polka dot: A battle between David de la Cruz, Adam Yates and Romain Bardet for me, Clive. 
White jersey: Egan Bernal because he is class, no matter what you Froome and Thomas fans say!
Team classification: Jumbo-Visma but who cares? 
Rider with the most stage wins: No sprinter will double up on wins so for this I fancy either Julian Alaphilippe or Esteban Chaves (who never seems to look any older?) bagging a brace in the mountains.
Team with the most stage wins: If all riders are fully fit, Bora-Hansgrohe have plenty of race winners for all types of occasion, Sagan, Max Schachmann, Emmanual Buchmann...
First yellow jersey: Team NTT's Giacomo Nizzolo. I said this before he won the Italian National Champs and European Championships but I'm saying it even more now. Forza Giacomo!
Biggest surprise: Bryan Coquard will win a stage in his glass coloured jersey.  
Biggest disappointment: Mikel Landa, Richie Porte, Dan Martin and Miguel Angel Lopez all doing nowt while Movistar's team dynamic will remain disappointingly harmonious. 

Rob Milton, Art Director

Yellow jersey: Wout van Aert 
Green jersey: Wout van Aert 
Polka dot jersey: Wout van Aert 
White jersey: How old is Wout van Aert? 
Team classification winners: Jumbo-Visma 
Rider with the most stage wins: Wout van Aert 
Team with the most stage wins: Jumbo-Visma 
First yellow jersey: Wout van Aert 
Biggest surprise: Wout van Aert 
Biggest disappointment: Tour de France being cancelled after the third stage: Wout van Aert wins Stages 1 and 2 and then Team Ineos test positive for Covid-19 and the Tour gets canned.

Martin James, Production Editor

Yellow jersey: Thibaut Pinot, because in this craziest of years, what could be more fitting than France finally ending its drought? 
Green jersey: Peter Sagan, because even in this craziest of years, some things are predictable.
Polka dot jersey: Julian Alaphilippe
White jersey: Tadej Pogacar 
Team classification winners: Jumbo-Visma 
Rider with the most stage wins: Wout van Aert 
Team with the most stage wins: Jumbo-Visma 
First yellow jersey: Wout van Aert 
Biggest surprise: After getting in a break in the opening week, Tejay Van Garderen finds himself in the yellow jersey, and holds it all the way to the Alps. 
Biggest disappointment: Neither Colombian GC favourite, Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana, finish in the top 10, foiled by back and age respectively.

Joseph Delves, Freelance Writer

Yellow jersey: Primož Roglič: a monster rider on a monster team. Even though Team Ineos have an equally tough squad, I’m counting on Jumbo-Visma’s superior esprit de corps to produce the win 
Green jersey: Sam Bennett: a fast finisher who can get up the hills, he could steal more than conventional sprint stages. Green could also be a good aim for Deceuninck-QuickStep 
Polka dot jersey: Romain Bardet: a pure climber who’s in form, but not much fancied for the overall. If he’s happy to put aside dreams of grabbing yellow, Bardet should be capable of winning a second consecutive Mountains Classification 
White jersey: Pavel Sivakov: whether he gets it by overhauling his team leader, or just gets to wear it because Bernal is wearing yellow, I think 21-year-old Sivakov is your boy 
Team classification winners: Normally Movistar grab this consolation prize, but this year I think it’ll be Team Ineos 
Rider with the most stage wins: Primož Roglič: I’d love to say Wout van Aert, but with Jumbo-Visma chasing the overall I doubt he’ll be allowed to tire himself out chasing wins, so I’m going with Roglič. I can see him picking up mountain stages plus maybe the TT and a reduced sprint or two 
Team with the most stage wins: Jumbo-Visma: still plenty of stage-hunters on this GC-focussed team 
First yellow jersey: A late entry by Arnaud Démare via Zwift. Barring that probably the bookies' favourite, Caleb Ewan 
Biggest surprise: Sivakov or Carapaz outperforming Bernal 
Biggest disappointment: Movistar’s when ex-rider Nairo Quintana out places their entire team despite being on a squad with a fraction of its budget 

James Spender, Deputy Editor

Yellow jersey: Primož Roglič: you can't have that many vowels and not be good. Plus he has the strongest team in the winningest form (and has Grand Tour form himself already) 
Green jersey: Peter Sagan: he'll probably not even win a stage but he'll be up there every time, and he's done with his hair what most riders do with their wheels - train heavy, race light - mark my words he'll show up with a shaved aero-head having shed his Covid mane 
Polka dot jersey: Julian Alaphillipe: because the French need to win something this year, and the route is made from climbers 
White jersey: Egan Bernal: having finished second to (30-year-old) Roglic 
Team classification winners: Movistar, somehow. Again.
Rider with the most stage wins: Caleb Ewan: he'll also wins the Champs Elysee's annual after-party limbo competition 
Team with the most stage wins: Jumbo-Visma: they just don't know when to quit 
First yellow jersey: Nairo Quintana: Stage 1 is 170km and definitely not flat right to the end and why not Nairo Quintana? 
Biggest surprise: That we manage to finish the whole Tour, and with no outbreaks of Covid 
Biggest disappointment: Alejandro Valverde to crash out and announce retirement days later 

Head through to page two to see what we said ahead of the 2019 Tour de France