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July 23, 2012
Another Tour de France done and dusted. Three weeks of intense fanmanship, no sleep and no riding and all of a sudden life is back to normal again (I can assure you I didn’t get any sleep or riding in either). A day after the Tour and life seems empty and meaningless.
The UK seems to be entering a time in the sport that Australia has just recently experienced. A World Champion, a Tour de France winner, and the Olympics in their home town (or for Australia the World Championships), all in the span of a very short amount of time. The popularity of cycling at a grassroots level has benefited from this and so has every facet of the industry. There is still lots of room left to grow for both countries and the healthy rivalry between the two will most definitely drive even more success. The Olympic road race is less than a week away and the competition has yet to reach its peak.
If I take a step back and lookat the big picture throughout the past three weeks I can definitely say that I’ve enjoyed this Tour. While in the midst of a Grand tour it’s easy to say that it’s boring but whenever I see the emotion on the Champs-Elysees everything comes together. There have been lots of intense sporting moments: Segan’s incredible performances and crazy victory salutes, Greipel’s powerful sprint finishes, the first glimpse of Froome’s form on La Planche des Belles, Thibaut Pinot’s awesome solo victory, the individual time trial where Wiggins never relinquished the yellow jersey thereafter, Stage 11 where Cadel lost the Tour, Stage 12 where Matty Goss lost the green jersey, Stage 17 where Froome proves his loyalty to Wiggins, Cavendish’s incredible sprinting prowess, and of course today seeing Wiggins make British cycling history.
I’ve had an absolute blast over the past three weeks and I’d like to thank you for reading every day. Your comments are what makes this site interesting to visit and without that interaction it would just be a bunch of pretty pictures. Chapeau to all of you!