The Tour 2011

Had you read this blog 3 weeks ago and placed a bet based on my predications (not that I would have even recommended that) you now be much better off with Cadel Evans and Mark Cavendish both taking home winners jerseys.

This year's Tour has been one of the best. The racing has been incredible and in my opinion the best rider won. Cadel fought right from day one, many will forget his exploits in the first week, sprinting to lead the peloton over the finishes. He fought well in the mountains, when Andy Schleck attacked he pulled the bunch up over the Galibier & Alpe d' Huez to save time. His Time Trial to eventually win was sublime. This was perhaps his last year to take the Yellow jersey, personally I like the guy, he wears his heart on his sleeve and I'm chuffed to see him win.

To see Mark Cavendish take the Green jersey is just brilliant. The first ever UK rider to win the green jersey and at such a young age. He is one of a select few to have won 3 times on the Champs Elysees, together with 20 stages in the Tour de France. The guy will be come (if not already) legendary and I believe one to watch in the World Championships.

For me Thomas Voeckler and Phillipe Gilbert have been revelations. Their riding has been both entertaining and incredible. Voeckler fought for every kilometer to keep the yellow jersey. I'm sure he won't ever have to buy a drink in France ever again!

Lets not forget Sky's Geraint Thomas, best British rider finishing 32nd! He is still young and I believe we could see him challenging for the Yellow jersey in year's to come. With a new 3 year contract with Sky signed, I'm sure we haven't seen the last from him yet.

It has been the best Tour de France for years however if Bradley Wiggins hadn't of crashed, I wonder what the result would have been.....

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