This weekend is a big one for us sports fans. All summers are filled with exciting stories that finally don’t involve football. This weekend is one of those big ones with three champions about to be crowned. The Tour De France, Women’s Cricket World Cup and the Open Championship all finish on the weekend. That’s a lot of news to keep abreast of so let’s take a look at what you should be watching out for.
Tour De France
The first most notable sporting story is that of Chris Froome. The Brit is set to win his fourth Tour de France, barring something going horribly wrong in tomorrow’s time trial. He has proven once again that no one in cycling can match him when he is in this kind of form and fitness. Despite some valiant efforts from Frenchman Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran, Froome will likely further his winning margin on the time trial in Marseille and head into Paris as a comfortable winner.
While this has been a close Tour in terms of times between the GC riders Froome never looked truly in trouble. Even when he lost the Maillot Jaune to Fabio Aru. Froome is likely to continue for a few more years and will want to assert his dominance and make sure his name is fixed into history. Despite his wide success he still has plenty to do to win fans over for some reason as he is still not the most popular cyclist in the world. We will take a look next week at why this could be.
If you’re looking to place some money on the weekend’s stages then Tony Martin will be the most dangerous rider in the TT after a disappointing opening gambit. The final stage is completely uncontested until the champs-elysees and the famous big sprint win opportunity. This has shifted even more into Andre Greipel’s favour after Kittel and Cavendish crashed out. The big German will be looking to make it three final stage wins in a row in Paris.
The Open Championship concludes on the weekend with Superstar Jordan Spieth in the driving seat. Rory McIlroy will be hoping to catch up his rivalry while Matt Kuchar is not too far off. His perennial ability to just come up short though might come back to bite him. The course has been spoilt with the weather this year. While this is great for fans it is not good for links golf. All players will be looking to cut deep into their scores as the lack of wind and rain will make getting those birdies much easier.
England Women’s Cricket World Cup
England Women go into a World Cup final against India on Sunday. The plucky English have made relatively easy work of their other games and the return of Sarah Taylor has given them a vital weapon back in their arsenal. India women are on a form that has not been seen before in their history as they start to reach the heights that England and Australia have been putting out in the last few years. They boast a few stars in their team that can change the direction of any match. England will have to be on top form but should have too much for India, this year at least. Good Luck Girls!