A great week for Irish sport
MAY I congratulate Nicolas Roche on his seventh-place finish at this year's Vuelta. It was a fantastic achievement.
Before this Vuelta, I had little or no interest in the sport of cycling, hearing only of Roche as one of the many taking part in the Tour de France in recent years. However, the Vuelta Diary kept by Roche in the Irish Independent for the last three weeks has increased my interest in the sport, as well as my admiration for Roche.
Throughout the Vuelta, Roche shared the many highs and lows of the last three weeks -- from the ecstasy of his gripping fifth place last week to the seemingly ill-prepared bus driver that tested the patience of more than a few -- making it a truly memorable tour for everyone who followed his progress with excitement and expectation.