It’s pretty hard to write a statement that sums up the achievement of Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky. Awesome, amazing, and I’m sure the Daily Mail will have many more.
But to real cycling fans all across the UK, the achievement is incredible. I never thought I my lifetime as a cycling fan I would see this.
The nature of the win is what makes it special. Yes – it wasn’t the hardest tour route ever. The alps were as tough this year. No alpe d’huez. No mount ventoux. Limited mountain top finishes. That doesn’t matter. It says on the history of the Tour Bradley Wiggins won the 99th edition.
His winners speech was better than any of the contrived shite that previous winners waffle out. “right, I’m about to draw the raffle….. Safe journey home, don’t get too drunk. The man is a legend. My only disappointment was Bernard Hinault got to wrestle the tour podium intruder! Still, we were treated to the amazing Lesley Garret murdering the national anthem. 3500km of riding to be serenaded by a fat flag. His face says it all….
Let’s toast the whole of British cycling. Four British stages winners. 1st and 2nd on the overall. Cavendish becoming the most successful tour sprinter of all time. Most wins on the Champ Eleyese. We dominated the whole race.
This wasn’t the most exciting tour in history. There were no dramas. But as a spectator, it was a pleasure to follow, a pleasure (almost) to write about.
And so my blog fest ends. Not my best piece of work, but I tried.
Au Revior… See you next year for another British Winner.