The battle for the white jersey, commonly known as the maillot blanc, is a race between two according to experts and the bookies.
Louis Meintjes ($1.85)
8th last year and 10th in the 2015 Vuelta, there’s a reason why Meintjes is favourite. He’s quality and he’s only going to get better in the coming years. He doesn’t have that strong of a team around him, but he has the ability. There are a lot of thoughts out there that he could make top 5 or push for the podium. 8th in the Dauphine and 3rd on that hectic final stage shows the form he’s in.
Simon Yates ($2.40)
Yates will be one of the main challengers for Meintjes. 8th in the Vuelta last year, he showed in his first Grand Tour as leader what he can do. Orica have a two pronged attack with Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates. The former isn’t in good form at the moment and should look to get legs for a Vuelta assault which means Yates will probably end up being the leader. The course suits him and he’s a genuine shot at winning this jersey and what a story it would be after his brother, Adam, won it last year.
Emanuel Buchmann ($7)
Known as Emu, Buchmann is one of Germany’s bright future hopes. 21st last year was a great achievement. He could battle for this jersey, but there’s one problem. He has Rafal Majka as a leader and will have to work for him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get a high spot in the GC. He’s in good form coming a solid 7th in the Dauphine.
Pierre-Roger Latour ($15)
Latour is one of France’s young up and coming stars. He came 15th in the Dauphine and is a good chance to crack the top 20 here. Like Buchmann, he has a leader he’ll be working for – Romain Bardet. I can’t see Latour challenging for the jersey.
I can’t go past the South African.
- Louis Meintjes
- Emanuel Buchmann
- Simon Yates