As Britain celebrates the arrival of its future heir, as yet to be named, although I for one am hoping a King Arthur is on the cards, the limelight has moved away from one of Britain’s latest heroes.
Chris Froome, without Sir Bradley Wiggins, rode into Paris and across the line, in the twilight, arm in arm with his workhorse teammates, to victory.
A worthy winner, there is no doubt. The 100th Tour de France was won by one of the most gutsy and determined climbers we have seen for many a year. And so humble a man, obviously a kind and gentle soul, within whom there is a fighting spirit that rivals that of an African lion.
I wasn’t sure if he could do it and in the early days of the Tour I was most happy to be entertained by the Orica_GreenEDGE team and their mischievous bus. There was plenty of drama in the tour and there were many egos fighting for all jerseys.
A special mention has to go to Quintana – he was magnificent in the mountains and Chris Froome has surely got to continue to improve or he will be in danger of being seriously eclipsed by this guy in tours ahead.
But what of Bradley Wiggins? I am so disappointed by him that I can barely articulate it in words.
I re-emphasise that he should have been there this year, he should have helped his team and he should have provided the same gutsy, determined support that Chris did for him one year ago.
It can’t be forgotten that Wiggo wrote cycling history and he was a worthy victor but his attitude this year has been nothing short of that of a petulant child. That’s Sir Dave Brailsford’s challenge now, whether or not to reintegrate Wiggo into the team and to strengthen that team with the right man at the helm depending on the challenge that’s faced or to leave Sir Bradley Wiggins to wander in the forests of cycling ignominy.
So finally, a round of applause to Chris Froome – Britain, with its new heir providing a beacon of light to the rest of the world has a lot to be proud of, particularly within its ranks of sporting knights.
Hopefully we’ll see an appropriate honour bestowed upon the latest victor of the Tour de France.
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