Tour de France Round Up
2nd September 2016
The extreme pressures and exertions on the human body have finally come to an end on the Tour de France, and have left those who are heading to Rio to continue on their Olympic dream.
Chris Froome’s victorious Tour, taking his tally to three, has provided further ammunition to declare him one of the greatest ever cyclists. His desire to make up crucial seconds at any given moment cannot be matched whilst his superb back-up team provide the perfect platform to push his way to victory in Paris and claim a third title on the Champs-Elysees.
It is often argued that the Tour de France riders are the fittest sportsman of all. There is without question a case to be put forward for them, and this makes Froome’s feat even more impressive. In a sport blighted by doping claims, drug bans, controversies and the sport’s most legendary figure Lance Armstrong’s reputation being slaughtered after admitting his success was down to cheating. Chris Froome has stayed at the pinnacle of the toughest test of endurance for three years.
They say retaining a title is tougher than winning it in the first place and Froome has managed to do it twice. There is nothing to suggest that Froome can’t go on to win the prestigious title again, after all he has emphasised his desire to continue for at least another four years. If Froome is to continue his dominance, then he will have to fend off some stiff competition in 2017 from the likes of Romain Bardet, Fabio Aru, Adam Yates, Miguel Angel Lopez and Louis Meintjes who will all strive to be fitter, faster and tougher in their pursuit of the coveted yellow jersey.
After another British triumph and the success of Mark Cavendish in the sprints, it has been another Tour to remember. Perhaps the most memorable moment from the 2016 Tour de France will still be the iconic images of Froome running up the mountain – all in the name of victory.
The Tour is now over, but we will see you in 2017 to see if anyone, can beat Froome to the Parisian finish line.