Now that the UCI Tour de France of 2017 is over, it’s just a short countdown to this year’s Vuelta. I’m a bigger fan of that race – and an even bigger fan of the Giro – than of the Tour, but I have to admit that this year’s Tour was not as boring as I expected.
Sure, at the end of it, we still saw the predicted winner, although I’m sure Froomey will be disappointed with his not taking any stage win(s) this year. But I doubt Uran was on many people’s favorites list and although Bardet was less unpredictable, he had to deliver a great fight until the end to cling on to 3rd.
And Froome was faced with the same problem Wiggins encountered (with him) in 2012: Landa seemed to be the better rider on several occasions.
Other than disputed decisions like sending Sagan home or not awarding the tirelessly attacking de Gendt the ‘Super Combative’, we saw Richie Porte crash out of the race. As did Kittel while in the green jersey and I would have loved to see the battle between him and Matthews be decided on the bike instead of like this.
Sadly, neither Contador nor Quintana were able to make a dent – not for lack of trying, at least on Contador’s part – but the wins by guys like Barguil, Calmejane, Groenewegen, Roglic and Boasson Hagen made up for that.
Anyway, the Tour’s done and the Vuelta will come to a conclusion by the time I start my own ‘Tour de France’ – it’s time I reveal more of my stupid plans for that event…