Sunday, July 24, 2011

TDF: Champagne on the Champs Elysees!

Cadel Evans enjoys the traditional last ride into Paris


Some traditions are meant to last and the few on the last day of the Tour are pretty cool.

The First tradition is that there is no attacking on the final day. The remaining cyclists and teams ride into Paris like a fraternity group. Many riding up and down the peloton talking to friends on other teams and occasionally riding to the front to congratulate the winner.

Today, that winner was Cadel Evans, the first Australian to ever do so. At his side were the runners up, #2 Andy Schleck and his brother #3, Frank Schleck.

The Second tradition is that the winner gets to have a glass of champagne on the way into Paris in between all the publicity shots and fraternization.

Today was no exception and the drinking, driving and riding is fun to watch. It's so French.

The Third tradition is the sprint along the Champs Elysees from Place de Concord to the Arch D' Triumph and back 8 times.

Mark "The Missile" Cavendish took this Stage and the Tour's Green Jersey and now has a remarkable 20 total Tour Stages. He's only a year or two away from beating Lance's record 22.

Thor Hushovd's Team Garmin won for Best Team.

It was such an awesome Tour. Everything about this year was great. If you've stopped caring about The Tour becuase Lance Armstrong no longer runs, then you are really missing a renaissance of new and seasoned riders.

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