The last thing on Chris Froome’s mind this morning will be next year’s Tour de France. It might be a good excuse for me to see at least part of the tour though because the first stage of the 101th edition takes the riders from Leeds to Harrogate in God’s own county. Then the tour will visit Sheffield before moving south to London and across the Channel to France.
That is for the future though. For now, we are delighted that Froome won and proud that he lost out 43 seconds on the final stage to be with the team that had supported him well over the last 20 odd days.
France promised something special for the 100th edition and they certainly delivered it. The stages took in Mont San Michel, the Basilica at Lyon and the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. We had some spectacular mountain stages in the Alps and to finish a wonderful sunset finish in Paris. Froome had a sparkly yellow jersey especially to catch that light. When the racing was all done the Arc de Triomphe was lit up with lasers from the Quatari Embassy. A beautiful climax to a wonderful tour.