Froome’s jersey double crowned an epic Tour de France

Chris Froome won his second Tour de France
Chris Froome won his second Tour de France
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I predicted Chris Froome would win and he just about clung on.

It did look like it was slipping away at one point on Alp d’Huez.

I think he had a bit of a cough and chest infection towards the end of the race and it was beginning to show.

Nairo Quintana did his best. It was the tour with the most climbing in it for years and that was his chance.

In the final few stages, Alejandro Valverde was the biggest thorn in Chris Froome’s side.

The Movistar man rode superbly and deserved his place on the podium.

But it was great for Froome to win the yellow jersey and the king of the mountains (polka-dot) jersey.

I also managed to correctly predict André Greipel would win the final stage – although Bryan Coquard was charging up pretty quickly.

Coquard would have been the hero of all of France if he had pulled that out of the blue.

Mark Cavendish was all at sea. I don’t see him winning any more stages of the Tour de France.

It’s a very technical final corner on the Champs Elysees and Cav wasn’t fast enough to stay on Greipel’s wheel.

Sadly, the race was just three days too long for Geraint Thomas.

He had been heading for the title of the Greatest-Living Welshman.

I didn’t agree with what Vincenzo Nibali did on Friday.

He launched a deliberate attack when he looked over a couple of times and saw something was not right for Froome. I didn’t think it was particularly sporting.

I was pleased for Peter Sagan to get the green jersey. He’s a slightly unpredictable character but he enriches the race.

Another rider I must mention is Adam Hansen who finished his 12th Grand Tour in a row – superb.

Overall, it was a fabulous three weeks. Hats off to the organisers.

There is nothing else quite like it in sport – it is epic.