Le Champion


Once again the Tour brought out some of the best from its competitors, and some of the worst from its spectators. Overcoming all was the 2015 champion, Chris Froome. Call him ungainly, if you must, but don't call him unlikely; for the second time he and Team Sky bested all challengers and challenges to finish in Yellow.

Some things I will remember from this Tour:
1. Steve Cummings win brought the South African MTN Qhubeka team its first Tour stage win on Nelson Mandela Day,
2. Four big sprint stage wins for Andre Greipel,
3. A solid performance until struck down by the ultimate disappointment, yet again, for Tejay Van Garderen,
4. The continuing improvement/maturity of Nairo Quinatana showing glimpses of the ability to win overall soon,
5. The failure of the big showdown between Grand Tour champions to materialize. Maybe it was too much to ask, but I really hoped for a dramatic seesaw competition between Froome, Contador, Nibali, and with Quintana and Van Garderen thrown in for good measure.

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