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Well done to Chris Froome, who’s just won the greatest sport event on the planet and elevated himself into the pantheon of sporting greats. I dunno, they’re like buses these fellas. You wait 99 years for a British winner of the Tour de France and tonight, as the 100th Tour ends, we have two on the trot.  However, you don’t win the Tour on your own. It’s a team event, and winners emerge because of their mates. The Tasmanian Richie Porte is a cycling hero. He’s flogged himself silly over 2500 miles and three weeks to drag Froome forward again and again, up mountain after mountain. Froome will get the headlines but Porte is just as much a cycling superstar. Here are the two boys –

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Well done also the their teammate Geraint Thomas who rode almost three weeks with a broken pelvis, and also to the German champion Tony Martin who crashed on the first day. Having the skin ripped from his back, concussion and contusions on his lungs didn’t stop him from finishing either. I’ve always loved my cycling. In part it’s because as skinny as they are, it’s a hard man’s sport. In the end I might have chosen something easier in being a rugby hooker. Chapeau to them all.

And we stuffed the Aussies at Lords too. Great days.

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11 thoughts on “GREAT DAYS

  1. I think the TdF is sucking the tradition out of cycling. The Tours of Italy and Spain should be of almost equal importance yet they are relegated by some distance by the commercial giant that the TdF has become, due almost solely to Americans Greg Lemond and Lance Armstrong, neither of whom made any great attempts to win any of the other tours and only occasionally bothered about the great one-day races.

    My last two visits to European cycling were both to the Giro d’Italia, and that’s where I’ll be next year.

  2. Of course there is the small matter of the sport being entirely discredited by widespread doping.

  3. I have heard a convincing argument that this year’s winner has put in performances that are uncomfortable for those concerned with the integrity of the sport. No such reservations attach to last year’s winner.

  4. Even if there is widespread doping (which I doubt at the moment), as long as everybody has equal access to whatever the drogue du jour is then the field is level and the best man will win.

  5. Allan

    It’s nothing to do with the Americans. The Tour de France has always been by far the greatest, or at least the most famous cycling Sports event on the planet. It is nothing to do with individual or commercial influence.

  6. Froome has spent too much of his life among baboons & black mambas to be considered British.

  7. I question whether anyone can charge up the Alps at speed on bikes without ” help”.

    It seems inconceivable.

  8. But they’re goings up those mountains more slowly than riders were in the Armstrong era.

    British Cycling, and Sky, which is something of an offshoot, have made a big point of being drugs free. British Cycling set up the explicitly drug-free programmes 20 years ago which have been producing winners for over a decade now. They won’t employ anyone who ever dealt in drugs.

    Sean Yates was a directeur sportif at Sky, Bobby Julich was a race coach. Sky recently cancelled their contracts when they admitted to doping in past years with previous teams when they were riders. Why get rid of two valued colleagues if you’re doping your riders anyway?

    Sky released Froome’s power output stats to l’Equpe recently, who had them analysed. The analysis reported nothing out of place.

    Yeah there’s a suspicion, and understandably so, but there’s no evidence at all that any of the leading riders are doping right now.

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