Looking back over one of the most exciting Tours to watch in recent memory, the old team manager’s saying ‘You can’t win the Tour in the first week, but you can lose it,’ would have been ringing in Nairo Quintana’s ears.
Team Movistar must be kicking themselves to have effectively lost the Tour on stage two, when Quintana finished 1min 28sec behind Froome, after Team Etixx-Quick Step put the hammer down and split the race to pieces in the crosswinds, trying to set the stage win up for Mark Cavendish.
I may have lost my small wager backing the little Colombian to win overall, but Quintana provided so much entertainment in the last Alpine stages, it was so worth it!Guy Watson
I may have lost my small wager backing the little Colombian to win overall, but Quintana provided so much entertainment in the last Alpine stages, it was so worth it!
Team Movistar knew they had to go long or go home on Saturday’s stage and that made for such an exciting finish.
If the value of a win is to be judged on the performances of the challengers, then Chris Froome’s victory on Sunday has to be one of the best in the history of the race.
I can’t think of the last time when the favourites at the outset took all the top-five places in Paris, with less than 10 minutes between first and fifth.
With Froome’s second overall victory, stage wins for Mark Cavendish and Steve Cummings and strong performances from the Yates twins, Adam and Simon, this has been a fantastic Tour de France for British fans.
And finally, my rider of the race has to be Geraint Thomas – almost certainly he would have finished on the podium if he hadn’t worked so hard for his team leader.
He has to be added to the list of contenders for the overall win next year.
We are now in a golden era for cycling in Britain and I am looking forward to seeing lots of new cyclists out after being inspired by this year’s Tour.