If, as anticipated, Bradley Wiggins becomes the first Brit to win the Tour de France, his success will have been achieved with significant Australian assistance. And he will have finally reversed the curious path that road cycling had followed for decades in the United Kingdom.

I want to ride my bicycle… Pic: Supplied/Historical

Many Australians will be disappointed that Cadel Evans was unable to defend his yellow jersey. It was always going to be difficult for the Australian. At 34 years of age, he was the oldest winner of the Tour since the Second World War. Only 13 riders have won back-to-back Tours, although six of them - Louison Bobet, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong - did it more than once.

Evans also had an interrupted season and some bad luck during the three-week race.

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  • Gregg says:

    08:55am | 23/07/12

    Just kidding guys and look even with the Olympics I never really see it as country against country as much as I like to see Australians do well for any achievments in any field are to the credit of whomever is doing the achieving if done without the help of… Read more »

  • Baz says:

    08:35am | 23/07/12

    I wouldn’t be saying he wasn’t helping…. but anyway, they are not publishing bio-passport data.  The lack of transparency is a very big worry.  Especially when the autobots (Rogers and Porte) are destroying the peloton up mountains.  Before, those two clowns couldn’t climb their way out of a paper bag,… Read more »


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