I'm a week into my summer ritual of spending far too much time glued to the Tour de France and this year is already turning into a classic. Some great sprints and the usual first week tension and nerves resulting in the unfortunatley too numerous crashes, yesterday's knocking out current Olympic champion Sanchez and dashing his hopes for a repeat performance in London. But while it seems that everyone on SFN spent yesterday watching a mix of the grand prix and wimbledon, I seem to be the only one who wasn't and who was watching the world's greatest cycling race, and the world's third biggest sporting spectacle after the Olympics and the World cup (Football) both of which finish a long way behind the Tour in my book but I guess I'm biaised! What's more, we're all lucky enough to have some of the best live coverage everyday on France télévision! We've already seen Cavendish sprint to victory, two days ago Wiggins took the yellow gersey and Froome won the stage. And yesterday's "casse-pattes" stage was a cliff hanger right to the end and Pinot, the Tour's "benjamin" at just 22, gave France it's first winand Wiggins showed his fantastic form and is still in yellow. Today should see Wiggins go head to head with Cancellara for the stage, time trials don't make for great TV, but the top riders should liven things up and as Wiggins will be riding last, he'll be against the clock and against all those who will have already ridden - suspense all the way. For those who want to know a little more about what makes France tick through July, get out and see a stage near you, ge there early with a picnic, see the caravan and scrum down for the free-bees, then see the riders, the world's best, for free, and appreciate top level sport and the speed they pedal at ;-)
Vive le vélo, vive le Tour !