The Tour de France or the Tour de Bore

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07/16/2012| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Roadcycling.com continues its 2012 Tour de France analysis. I'm already calling it - Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France 2012.
Roadcycling.com continues its 2012 Tour de France analysis. I'm already calling it - Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France 2012.

The Tour de France or the Tour de Bore

I'm already calling it - Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France 2012.

the descent. A team soigneur stood beside Evans waiting for a wheel. After what must have seemed like forever to Evans a teammate screeched to a halt in front of him. However, he had a rear flat too! What was going on?

It turns out that vandals had thrown down large tacks onto the road and it was reported that up to 30 riders suffered punctures. Cue CSI Foix!

Wiggins showed his leadership and commanded that the peloton slow down to allow Evans, and those who had also punctured, to catch back to the group.

This act of group leadership and the unwritten rules of the road is what I wrote about last week here on Roadcycling.com. In this case it is considered ‘bad form' to take advantage of a contender's bad luck. And Wiggins knew that with the strange amount of punctures something odd had occurred.

But there's always that one guy who just doesn't get it. Going off the front was Team Europcar's Pierre Rolland. Because of his top ten on the G.C. he couldn't be allowed too much of a lead, so Lotto Belisol and Liquigas-Cannondale were forced to chase, much to the consternation of BMC Racing Team who were still bringing back Evans.

Rolland was quickly caught and normalcy returned to the peloton. Don't expect Rolland to receive any help in the near future, no matter how many times he said he didn't know what had happened. Yeah, I call total B.S. on that excuse.

Up the road the group of five breakaway riders were fighting it out for the stage win. Sagan looked to be the heavy favorite to take the honors and Luis Leon Sanchez, who was a member of the break, knew it.

Just as Sagan grabbed a bottle, Sanchez attacked. The others in the group knew it was up to the Liquigas-Cannondale rider to chase. He was the strongest and would take the stage win if they arrived in Foix together, so why help?

Sanchez held off the chase for the stage win and not unexpectedly Sagan out-sprinted his companions for second place, further cementing his lead in the green jersey competition. Barring a crash, Sagan was the winner of this competition. Eighteen minutes later the main group came sprinting to the line with no change to the general classification. Wiggins and Team Sky still had a strangle hold on the 2012 Tour de France.

Stage 15 was more of the same - minus the tacks. A break of five got away and the peloton couldn't care. With two kilometers remaining two of the escapees, Christian Vande Velde and Pierrick Fedrigo, left their partners-in-crime behind. Fedrigo was the better sprinter and no matter the fact that Vande Velde maneuvered the French rider in front of him in the last 500 meters it wasn't going to be the Garmin-Sharp rider's day.

I'm not going to go out on a limb by saying that barring a disaster Bradley Wiggins is going to win the 2012 Tour de France. The Englishman has shown no sign of cracking

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