And who'd have marked someone called Bradley Wiggins with '70s sideburns for greatness? What an achievement!
TOH becomes a hermit from Day One til the triumphant finish. When it was over, I went into his 'man cave' and teased him that "he could breathe now". Yes, it is a pleasure to watch the race through all the beautiful scenery. What endurance on the part of the riders.
yes 1, 2 and from same team huh,,,,?
Yes, SKY were great. Hats off to Cavendish
Liquigas (or other teams) were not cooperating so well, in any case, my favourite is Peter Sagan ;-)
I loved every moment of it and it helped me during the long nights of grieving.
I adore Cadel Evans but hats off to the SKY team they did a wonderful job.
Lots of crashes along the way and the scenery magnificent.The only negative was the tacks being thrown onto the road causing punctures.
Bradly Wiggens was a true gentleman on all stages and Mark Cavendish is a superman.
I followed a lot of the aussie riders even though they were in different teams.
Looking forward to the Olympics. C'mon Aussie C'mon.
yes, unbelievable, isn't it. UK cycling has really improves and hopefully they can repeat the performance at the upcoming games
For the first time in more than 15 years i did not see a single stage of the tour, but just read some reports in the news.
But this was because i am out tour cycling and that is one of the few things that beats watching it on tv :)
Great team effort, good finish yesterday from Mark Cavendish,Mike Froome second and Wiggo got the yellow jersey. So much excitement here as he lives locally.
I just heard a whisper that Cadel Evens may not ride in The Olympics,now that would be sad.I just hope he is ok.
Sky proved the strongest team and their victory was well deserved.
What I find a bit disappointing is that, same as for the Giro d'Italia, this year's edition rolled day after day without attacks by the "big shots". With one hundred kilometers of total time trials there was no chance to challenge Wiggins anyway, but a little more action would have removed boredom from the race. As usual, I was rooting for the breakaway riders.
The problem I think Ant, is that there are no more "real" mountain climbers. Good ones like Voeckler yes, but as he had already lost too much time it was of little importance that he broke away twice (I am not belittling his performances BTW) but there are no more Eddy Merckx or Lucien van Impe or a dozen others that could put 10 minutes into a bunch.
This is the first time I've ever watched it and that was only because of Don/Nemorino and his enthusiasm for bike riding. Yes, congratualations to SKY Team!
BTW, did they ever find out who put the tacks on the road?
Paul, Voeckler did great and so did Sagan, and special merit goes to Van Garderen who made the fifth notch overall. If - and it seems so - there are no "monster" riders anymore, or to discover new ones, I believe the organizers should aim at configuring stage races to provide a better show, such as more hills and bonus time. We (and business) prefer action to dull events.
Sagan was a big surprise. He swept up Slovakia. Slovaks prefer green now :-)
I quite agree Ant, but so often the next years race is always aimed at, or prepared for 1 rider, usually the winner of the latest edition. This year was a little different as there was no clearcut favoutite (after sanctions of certain riders plus injuries to others).It's just that Sky were so strong this year, there wasn't another rider capable of exploding Wiggo or the team. Next year if Froome and Cavendish leave Sky, it might be a little more open.
I really missed the Schleck brothers,Frank hardly made an appearance,and poor Andyout with an injury.They always made things exciting.
yeah...it's finished, but I found it quite boring this year as there were no challegners except his own team mate that could have beat him. British Open was much better with the melt down of Adam Scott to give the claret jug to Erie Ells
cheers tommy x
Can't wait for next year's race when I guess there will be some monster climbs to really shake it up. Contador will be back and maybe a Schleck or two. Pinot and TJ will be a year older and maybe Rolland will be more of a threat. The only time there were attacks this year Froome and Sky swept them up. Would love to have seen Froome unleashed maybe we'll see that in the Vuelta or for another team in next years Tour.
Indeed the up coming talent will shine next year. I will look forward to that and the Scheck brothers coming back from his poison tainted food. I was really impress with the french riders, I feel for Volker when he won his stages, but Sky team was the best over all. We'll watch next year for sure, maybe go back to France during the tour.
cheers tommy x