Tuesday 12 September 2017

1709.11 THE DOUBLE

This year has been great for cycling, at least it has on the telly. When I speak to people generally they have heard of the Tour de France and that's it. Few know that there are 3 grand tours (I apologise to those in the know); Giro d'Italia - Tour de France - Vuelta Espana. It's the Vuelta that I'm going to talk about today.

I enjoy watching the cycling, it motivates me to get out on my own bike(s). I blogged before about this years Tour and the success of British cyclist Chris Froome. Just a couple of weeks after his victory he was riding again in the Spanish tour. He and his team (Sky) quickly dominated the race and he took the Red jersey (this race's leader).

Froome winning stage 9
This race was also Alberto Contador's swan song as the previous champion retires after this race. He's had a few dark times during his career but I'll remember him duking it out on the climbs against Chris Froome. Thanks for the entertainment Bertie!

Contador retires
Three weeks of quality racing has now come to an end and Chris Froome has done the double. A feat not acomplished since Bernard "The Badger" Hinault did the double in 1978. Froome has established his place in the company of cycling greats, perhaps a knighthood? Chapeau Chris, I look forward to the World Championships in a couple of weeks.

[Since I upgraded my telly box (see previous post) I get to watch the cycling so much easier]

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