Sean Kelly on this year's Tour de France sprinters and the battle for green

The 1983 Tour de France podium: Laurent Fignon in yellow, Sean Kelly in green
The 1983 Tour de France podium, with Laurent Fignon in yellow and Sean Kelly in green (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Four-time green jersey winner Sean Kelly believes that Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan will be the leading favourite once again for the points classification at this year's Tour de France, but when it comes to predicting who will be the most successful sprinters in the race, the Irishman feels that the situation is less than clear. 

There are a limited number of sprint stages at this year's Tour, with Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) stating that there are a maximum of six sprint-friendly days between Nice and Paris. The Tour route is tipped towards the climbers this year, and even some of the intermediate stages are littered with tough finales and climbs that threaten to dislodge the pure sprinters from the peloton. Given the stop-start season that the riders have endured, Kelly believes that predicting who the most successful sprinters will be is a tough ask.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.