Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins on winning Britains first Tour de France. His Team Sky was the strongest and a big part was played by Michael Rogers and Richie Porte. To cap it off Mark Cavandish wins the final stage on top of his other three. If you saw how far back Cav came from to win stage 18 it showed just how strong and quick he is. The other sprinters are excellent but Cav is in a class of his own.
It was said to me this Tour was boring but I did not see it that way at all. The race unfolds according to how the strongest ride. Reading comments by Michael Rogers he said he sits on the front a 400 watts keeping the pace high and anyone wanting to attack must ride at 500 watts to get away but then they cannot sustain that pace for long.
The racing has changed a lot with introduction of heart rate mon. and power cranks as the best riders can sit near max for long periods and no one can get away who is high on GC. Different racing world to say 20 years ago.
Lot said about Cadel it was not what he wanted but 7th overall is not tardy and he is still right up there and the best Aussie. As for comment, would he retire? What rubbish some media people say and am sure Cadel will retire when he is good and ready. Would these media wallies say that to a tennis player or golfer who does not win every event he enters.
I put up this photo of Brad’s dad Gary Wiggins who sadly died in 2008. I knew Gary as a young bloke fropm Morwell Club and in fact Beth and I stayed at Gary’s parents home in the 60′s. Given I pulled out of the sport my contact with Gary and others deminished but he did race in Europe as a very good 6 day rider for quite a few years. The picture below of Gary may lead you to think it’s Bradley.
Anyway congratulations Bradley Wiggins & Great Britain and sure they will enjoy this victory as we did with Cadel, last year.