For the second consecutive year, a British rider has secured the coveted yellow jersey and won worldwide acclaim for taking the Tour de France crown. Following Bradley Wiggin’s phenomenal win in 2012, Chris Froome has retained the maillot jaune not only for Team Sky, but for Britain too, cementing our status as a veritable tour de force when it comes to the world of cycling.
And what a Tour it was! Given its centenary year, it’s fair to say that the organisers pulled out all the stops when it came to showcasing many of France’s numerous visual highlights. Starting on the gorgeous island of Corsica (let’s overlook the slight mishap with the bus getting stuck under the finishing arch!), the tour hopped over the Mediterranean and took in some of the most beautiful and well-known sites in France. These included Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, Marseille – 2013 European Capital of Culture, the beautiful cities of Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, Annecy and Tours, the mighty Mont Saint Michel in Normandy and Provence’s Mont Ventoux, Lyon’s imposing basilica, Versailles and of course, the multiple iconic sites of Paris.
Set at the top of the Champs Elysées and lit up in a fabulous son et lumière show, the glittering Arc de Triomphe made for a most spectacular backdrop to the finale of the Tour. We wholeheartedly congratulate Chris and Team Sky for a most worthy win in a very special year of sporting success following victory in the Lions tour, Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win and now a second Tour de France title to add to the basket. Let’s hope those cricketers retain the Ashes for a third series!
And for those not yet ready to come down after the success of the Tour, you can follow the UCI Road Cycling Championships taking place later this year in Florence. Who knows, we might see even more British success!
Vive le Tour!