Monday, July 25, 2011

Smiles all round

What a Tour de France we've had this year, plenty of action, lots of drama, heroic performances by many and a final result that nobody could say was not well deserved. The first Britain to wear the green jersey, the first Australian to wear yellow, what more could you ask?

Evans at 34 is the oldest rider to win the Tour since the war. Twice before he lost out to Contador and the Schlecks but not this time. Evans was the only one willing to work on the Col de Galibier to win back some of the time from Andy Schleck. However, the look on his face at the end of that stage surely meant that he had nothing left for the next day. Somehow though he recovered and stayed in contention. Next day on the time trail, it was clear that Evans was going to beat Andy Schleck, in fact he almost won the stage against the specialist Tony Martin. So he rode to Paris a worthy winner.

What can you say about Mark Cavendish? He has tried so hard to win that green jersey for the last three years and now he has it.

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