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.
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.
Latest 2 of 36 commentsView all comments
Read all about it
Up to the minute Twitter chatter
The latest and greatest
Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…
I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…
In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…