What a great race this years Tour De France turned out to be, going right down to the wire on the penultimate days time trial with Cadel Evans putting in a storming effort to take the mailot jaune ahead of the Schleck brothers.
I had a feeling this might be the year for Cadel Evans, and so it proved to be. I think he was a worthy winner, putting in some great effort in the last two mountain stages as well as that time trial.
As a British fan I was pleased to see Mark Cavendish take the the green jersey along with 4 stage wins including a victory on the Champs-Élysées for the third year in a row, pretty astounding stuff.
It’s always sad to see riders crash out and there were several casualties this year, I was especially dissapointed to see Bradley Wiggins pull out with a fractured collarbone. But perhaps the craziest crash I’ve seen in a cycle race miraculously resulted in no serious injury.
How Johnny Hoogerland and Juan Antonio Flecha were able to carry on after being driven off the road by a support car is beyond me, especially Hoogerland who sumersaulted into a barbed wire fence, crackers first.
The man of the tour for me, and I’m certain lots of other people, has to be Thomas Voeckler, what an effort he made to stay in the yellow jersey for so long, a real shame he didn’t finish on the podium. He must have the most determined facial expressions in sport. Mix him with Cadel Evans and you’ve got the Incredible Hulk.
After a weekend on the couch watching non-stop TDF I now need to manage my TDF withdrawal symptoms.