Wiggins and Team Sky rewrite the history books at the 2012 Tour de France
Monday, July 23, 2012
It's been a great year for British sport. First Andy Murray becomes the first Brit since 1938 to reach the final of Wimbledon, and then came the Tour de France.
An epic three weeks for British cycling saw the first ever winner of the yellow jersey in Bradley Wiggins, a first ever British one-two in Wiggins and team-mate Chris Froome and a fourth consecutive year that Mark Cavendish is victorious on the Champs-Elysees.
Holding the yellow jersey since Stage 7, Wiggins has proven himself to be one of the greats of British cycling, battling adversity (and a few tacks) to stay on top and become the first Brit in the history of the Tour de France to win the yellow jersey. Wiggins was even victorious in the two time-trials, cementing his lead over the others and winning his first ever stages at the Tour de France.
It wasn't all about Wiggins though. Team Sky played a team game, helping those when they needed it, as Wiggins and co. upheld the cherished traditions of cycling when he waited for Cadel Evans after the 2011 champion had a puncture, as well as helping out team-mate Mark Cavendish in Paris to win for a historic fourth consecutive year on the Champs-Elysees.
Major credit has to go to Team Sky for a great team showing this year. Chris Froome has displayed the potential to win a future Tour and showed great teamwork for helping Wiggins when he was struggling in the Pyrenees. Cavendish, to his credit, sacrificed personal gain for team victory, and Wiggins repaid the favour in the latter stages of the Tour.
Now attention turns to the Olympics, as three-time gold medal winner Wiggins will aim to take his extraordinary victory in France and capitalise in London in the individual time-trial, with Cavendish also aiming for Olympic glory in the road race, which would really cap off a monumental year for British cycling.
To celebrate this year's Tour de France, Corley Cycles have been giving away a prize a day for the Tour de France, for the people that correctly guessed the winners of each individual stage.
Stage: Winner: Cyclist:
Prologue Jason Keenor Fabian Cancellara
1 Barry Gregory Peter Sagan
2 Ian Colville Mark Cavendish
3 Duncan Rimmer Peter Sagan
4 Chris Gunter Andre Greipel
5 Michelle Baulch Andre Greipel
6 No winner* Peter Sagan
7 Kezie Chris Froome
8 No winner* Thibaut Pinot
9 Alan Ward Bradley Wiggins
10 No winner* Thomas Voeckler
11 Ian Colville Pierre Rolland
12 No winner* David Millar
13 Shaquille Shah Andre Greipel
14 Viv Barnett Luis Leon Sanchez
15 No winner* Pierrick Fedrigo
16 Steve Slack Thomas Voeckler
17 No winner* Alejandro Valverde
18 David Farren Mark Cavendish
19 Steven Parish Bradley Wiggins
20 Andrew Nicholson Mark Cavendish
*No winner was chosen that day because no-one guessed the right winner of the stage.