Tour de france
Poignant tribute song reminds us of the beautiful game’s fickle nature… and puts superstar tantrums into perspective.
On The Road at the Tour de France: Last night was amazing – the roar on the Champs-Elyseé was deafening
You could see the delight in the team’s eyes and young Pete Kennaugh was visibly awed by it all. The fact that the team rode across the line as one is a mark of Froomey’s class too.
For the past few days I have only really seen the riders looking happy in the mornings by the bus and too tired to be happy by the bus in the evenings. That said, the buzz was palpable on Sunday evening.
Consistency, they say, is a fine thing. In sport it certainly is, and many heads more qualified than mine have proved it. But the Tour de France dictates to hell with all that, and makes up its own set of rules – all of which revolve around wonderful, fascinating inconsistency.
What happened when Simon O’Hagan tackled the fearsome “Giant of Provence” in the 2009 Etape du Tour
Even if you had never seen a bike race before, nor even knew any of the principles of bike racing, the past two days would still have made great entertainment.
My brother David is riding this year’s Tour de France – it is his 12th time doing the event. In 2007, when I told him I was going to ride the Etape – the amateurs’ stage of the Tour France which that year was a brutal 198km through the Pyrenees – he was incredulous.
No news is good news, as they say. I think Sir Dave B and the management team at Sky are quietly pleased with the Team’s current position and general health at the moment, save for G’s pelvis.
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Martin Ayres has spent the past three weeks on the road with Team Sky. With victory secured yesterday afternoon on the Champs Elysee, Martin looks back at a life changing experience.
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