100 year old (cycling) drought comes to an end!
It has been said that in the virtual absence of doping this year, the Tour de France has been much less exciting and much more moderately paced……..even predictable at times. Well, for those who insist on holding up the ‘drug-enhanced’ editions of the Tour as desirable markers for the future, they are going to be very disappointed (we hope) in the years to come.
The 2012 Tour gave us a dose of reality in the world of road racing. We saw nearly 200 riders competing against each other on a level playing field (excuse the terrible metaphor), and what we got was a veritable feast of genuine human endeavour struggling for the crown, and doing so with immense regard for each other, and visible camaraderie amongst the peloton.
Bradley Wiggins was hailed by the world to be the right man to inherit the crown from Cadel Evans. Chris Froome more than deserved the place of second on the podium, and Mark Cavendish was definitely still king of the sprinters, despite not racing for the green jersey this year.
After only its 3rd Tour de France as a team, Sky look set to have an astonishing future. Bring on the Olympics in 6 days time………! I’ll be at the roadside for both the men’s and women’s road races, just to catch a fleeting glimpse of the people who made cycling history.