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Tour Review
By Mark Jul 26, 2017 4:30:23 PM Comments

This years Tour de France has now come to a finish and what a truly magnificent race it’s been. I must say that this year’s race has had it all, early drama with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish, Richie Porte crashing out, Marcel Kittel crashing out whist in the green jersey.

The race for the overall was an epic battle and we saw Team Sky’s Chris Froome challenged like never before.  Will this be the last time that Chris Froome wins the tour or will he go on and win more and join that exclusive club of 5 time tour winners? Only time will tell….

Lets have a quick look back at the stages that made up the last week of the tour this year:

Stage 16: This stage had the overall GC riders concerned as crosswinds and echelons could cause havoc and end their race quickly if they weren’t paying attention. In the end it came down to a gallop to the line and Australia’s Michael Matthews won the stage ahead of a fast approaching Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Stage 17:  A stage that was full of drama, overall leader Chris Froome had a mechanical just as the race was beginning to get going and luckily he managed to get back on and retain his lead. For a short period it looked like his race may have been over! At the front of the race, Bauke Mollema won the stage after attaching the break away group on the fast run in to the stage finish. This stage win was much needed by his team, as their overall GC rider Contador has failed to make an impression in this year’s race.

Stage 18: King of the mountain leader and French favorite Warren Barguil won at the summit of the Izoard and in doing so became a national hero. The Team Sunweb rider has had a great tour and it will be interesting to see where he ends up riding next season.

Stage 19: Perhaps one of the canniest moves of this year’s race belongs to Edvald Boasson Hagen, he attacked the break as he went the shorter way around a traffic island. In doing so he managed to get a small gap and the remnants of the break had no chance in bringing him back. He was clearly the strongest rider in the break and this was a well-deserved victory for and his team.

Stage 20: Maciej Bodnar from the Bora-Hansgrohe took a surprise win in the final time trial of this year’s race, although for many the main GC race was still very much open. Chris Froome rode a measured race and managed to put more time into his main rivals and in doing so safely managed to maintain his overall victory. The biggest loser on the day was AG2R Romain Bardet, who slipped from second on GC to third as Rigoberto Uran rode a great TT to slip past him and move into second overall.

Stage 21: Although this stage is very much a procession it is always great to watch the race unfold in the centre of Paris. Dylan Groenewegen won his first tour stage and I’m quite confident that this is a name we will continue to see in the future.

The main winners and losers from this year’s tour in my opinion were:

Team Sky – as a whole unit and also Chris Froome. They rode well from start to finish and deserved everything they won.

Team Sunweb – these have had a fantastic year and did so well at the tour this year, 4 stage wins and 2 leaders jersey are proof of this.

Lotto – no stage wins but some good PR thanks to their man Thomas de Gendt.

Orica-Scott – White jersey winner Simon Yates emulated his brother from the previous year and saved Orica tour for them. Other than this not much to shout about really from these guys…

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Until next time,

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