It hasn’t been easy but on the eve of Stage 18 of the 2017 Tour de France we can conclude the organisers have got what they wanted. They didn’t want Chris Froome to stomp his familiar brand of victory all over this year’s edition and they wanted each mountain stage to be ridden in earnest.
The second week of the Tour was always likely to be a bit weird. There were two stages ripe for Marcel Kittel, before a dash into the Pyrenees and some lumpy ones in the Massif Central. Overall the week receives a thumbs-up. Team Sky and Chris Froome are simultaneously in total control and spinning into
There is now more cycling races scheduled than ever but the cream of the crop will be found in the UCI World Tour. Alejandro Valverde was crowned World Tour champion but many others have animated the circuit throughout the season. Below I take a look at who will remember the 2014 season fondly, and who will