My Tour de France heroes lost appeal when they spoke

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It’s with sadness that I realise I have a Tour de France hangover. After three weeks of dedicated following of this wonderful event, I’m missing my nightly fix of Cadel Evans, the Schleck boys and of course Mark Cavendish, not to mention Alberto Contador.

I did notice however, that while they all looked exceptionally attractive turning the tyres, a surprising number of them lost their appeal when they spoke.

Is this a sports thing? Was anybody mightily surprised the first time they heard David Beckham speak? Or is it something to do with all their energy going into building leg muscles and forgetting about the vocal ones?

Ah well, it’s like many sporting occasions – better watched with the after-event interviews turned to mute.