Tour de France Recap: Ride Britannia RideComments
by Byron on Jul 22, 2012 at 6:43 AM
The gold chains were dangling at Le Tour this year.
Dangling bling, bling
Fans were naked and crazy
with a couple flying eddies covering the junk
Voekler rocked it
Lick it Up
and then this happened.
Pull that radio out of your head and go!
That screenshot summarizes a frustratingly boring Tour that ended with Wiggo winning. The course suited him, many rivals in the mountains we’re taken out (45 abandons) or not there, and we debated on social networks that it’s not just the win, but the manner in which the race is won. I said
Wiggo’s riding himself into a Bronte novel.— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) July 21, 2012
Meaning, besides the outward stoicism, suspect Wiggo is infinitely more complex. If Sky signs with Specialized next year and works more closely with Mclaren, expect a dynasty too. Listen to him in this presser. He responds to the question of being boring and lacking panache. Also listen to us debating the Tour on the Fredcast Spokesmen.
Finally, from the NYT, how Britain conquered the cycling world
Before the British came to dominate track cycling, before the Olympic medal haul of 2008, before the velodrome sold out faster than any site for the London Games, there was “E.T.” The movie inspired Chris Hoy’s foray into cycling. He started in BMX and later moved onto the track and won three golds at the Beijing Games. Afterward, he was knighted — joining Sir Elton John, Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Sir Isaac Newton — for riding a bicycle around a wooden track.
Screenshots are from NBC’s coverage of the tour with a mod’d Getty Image of Tour fans via Daylife.