*First person to identify where the Jack Thompson quote is from wins a prize, to be selected from my fine collection of old tyres and other assorted bike bits...you know you want it!*
Well Le Tour is over for another year, thousands of cycling fans around the country can finally go to work resembling humans again. SBS must be commended for bringing us every stage live again this year, and even though they have some major problems to iron out (read: Tomalaris, badly timed ads), it's awesome that a free-to-air broadcaster puts so much into cycling in this country. As for the racing itself, well it's been the best Tour for a long time, probably the best I've ever seen. Landis deserved his win, he seems like a pretty genuine sort of guy, didn't talk himself up, offered no excuses when he was going bad or made a tactical error, and didn't take any backhanded swipes at the French or his rivals, unlike his predecessor. McEwen showed he is the best sprinter out there, but was given a few good runs by Hushovd, Freire and not so much by a disappointing Boonen. Chicken's ride through the Alps to win Stage 16 was epic, and he's a worthy 2 time KOM. And watch out for Cunego and Fothen in years to come, their White Jersey battle went down to the wire. I always enjoy the Champs Elysees stage, even though you know it will be a saunter for the first two hours and a bunch sprint at the end, but the scenery is just mind-blowing. Thor really stitched up Robbie too, and what a double for the Thunder God, winning the Prologue and the final stage, a very rare double indeed. Well, I'm off to bed, oh wait, it's only 2 in the afternoon.