Monday 5 December 2016

Hard to believe in Tour magic when we've been burned so many times

Michael McCarthy

Published 29/07/2015 | 02:30

Nairo Quintana of Colombia crosses the line on Alpe d’Huez after failing in his bid to overhaul Chris Froome’s Tour de France lead in the penultimate stage
Nairo Quintana of Colombia crosses the line on Alpe d’Huez after failing in his bid to overhaul Chris Froome’s Tour de France lead in the penultimate stage

I can't remember a Tour de France we've talked about as much. But most of it was about power data and media coverage. On Saturday, for the Tour's penultimate stage, up the Alpe d'Huez, I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the racing.

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Over the next three hours, I realised why we all care so much about the scandals that engulf cycling. I had forgotten just what a remarkable sport it truly is.

Chris Froome was two and a half minutes ahead in the general classification and it seemed unlikely he'd lose the lead, but as they went up the mountain, we were never totally sure.

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