La Grande Bouclé: Who is to win the Tour De France?
It’s July again and we are nearing the climax of the La Grande Bouclé, being a keen cyclist, I have never missed the Tour De France – or Le Grande Bouche, as it’s referred to in France. The sheer endurance the cyclists have is incredible and an inspiration to all of us in the saddle.
It’s been a dramatic race, especially for Froome and Thomas, who have been involved in a series of unpleasant incidents from fans grabbing them to being tackled from their bikes by the Gendarme after Chris Froome was mistaken for a fan!
Despite the rough year we’ve seen some spectacular cycling – Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin are battling it out for the big finish. With only 3 stages remaining of the 2018 Tour De France, the favourites are separated by less than 2 minutes and 31 seconds, having been on the saddle for 74 hours and 21 minutes in total, which is phenomenal in itself.
I think the winner of the Tour De France will be Geraint Thomas, he has certainly shown his true capabilities, has been an amazing climber and has shown why he deserved the Yellow Jersey and managed to hold onto it for several days. Let’s hope his final day in the mountain stage continues to be as great as it has been all race.
Although Chris Froome is a four time champion, Geraint Thomas is one of my favourite riders. Just simply for the all-round capability of the guy, he is just such an accomplished rider he can climb, push on the flats, descends well and the job he does for Team Sky is just superb.
So far my favourite stage has been Stage 12. It was just awesome to watch, the strategy that Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas broke away with was just sublime and was executed to perfection, it would be nice to see Geraint win the whole race.
I’ve been an avid fan of the Tour de France for many years, the history that goes along with the Tour De France for me is what has fascinated me for many years and makes it so special, originally it was a race of attrition last man standing type of stuff. Even today it is still such a brutal race, the level of physical strength and mental attitude needed is off the scale, however the tactics you see as the race develops really fascinates me and it is the epitome of a team sport, the riders out there give and sacrifice everything they have to get their lead man to the finish line first. I just love watching that! As Zoe says: “It is basically Chess on wheels with some mega fit people pushing the pedals”
It has also been great to see the ladies racing the day before. This is also the first year the ladies get the same prize money as the men at last in the Women’s Tour. Now we just need them to get more air time!
No doubt you’ll all be feeling as raring to jump into the saddle as myself this year, with such an exciting Tour to give us inspiration! I’ll be channeling my excitement into cycling some of the spectacular routes I’m privileged to have access to here in Costa Blanca, if you are feeling the same then come join us!