Two TdF victories …

I’m celebrating two Tour de France victories today. Firstly, and most importantly, the magnificent time trial effort of Cadel Evans last night that saw him take not the required 58 seconds, but over two and a half minutes from Andy Schleck to see him in the yellow jersey by 1:34 with only the final stage to go. Hopefully no-one will break the gentleman’s agreement that demands no challenge to the leader over the final stage riding into Paris.

I am not ashamed to say there were a few “happy tears” last night watching Cadel smash that time trial. Whilst he obviously won the race last night we must not forget the efforts he and Team BMC have put in over the last three weeks to get this magnificent victory.

Topic for discussion; “Is this the biggest (best) sporting victory ever by an Australian athlete?” Personally, I struggle to think of anything that compares. The TdF is such a tough event, so long and arduous, that demands a combination of individual skills and effort with teamwork and sacrifice. It is the biggest cycle race in the world and close to the most watched sporting event every year.

Cadel Evans deserves this win so much too. He is a role model any parent would be happy to have their children emulate. Strong, humble, intelligent … so different to so many other sporting personalities.

There is a bottle of red picked out, chocolate bought … looking forward to a bit more emotion tonight!

The second victory is the fact that I went for a nice ride in the rain this morning and completed my virtual Tour de France this morning too!

Virtual Tour de France – Stage 20 – Longjumeau to Paris Champs-Elysees – 102.5km

This year one of my bike goals is to complete a “virtual Tour de France”. That is, to complete the same number of kilometres as the 2010 TdF riders did (3,641.9km) before the 2011 TdF completes on the 25th of July. These posts track my progress as I “complete each stage”.

The Course: Traditionally the last stage is a casual little ride into Paris, with no-one challenging the yellow jersey, and some action for the sprinters.

The Race: Lance Armstrong took the attention before the stage with the team wearing black jerseys with the number “28” on the back. “28” signifying the 28 million cancer sufferers in the world. Race officials had other ideas though and forced them to change back into the official RadioShack jerseys. Cav won the sprint in Paris.

vTdF Status: Finished, on target! I’m very proud of myself for finishing this goal on time, especially after nearly giving it away in late April / early June. It has taken commitment, effort and lots of riding in less than ideal conditions.


8 Responses to “Two TdF victories …”

  1. Em Says:

    I had a little happy cry too! He is a sweetie and he was so focussed and fierce this year, a well deserved win. I was reading some of his wife’s tweets last night, they were lovely to read, she was so excited.

    Hmm, I would put Cathy Freemans 400 Gold at Sydney up there, although they really are a very different beast, how do you compare 400 metres with 83 hours on a bike? However the enormous weight of pressure and expectation she was under, I can’t imagine how she must’ve felt standing there on the start line, the is zero margin of error in a race that short. Her relief at the finish when she was being interviewed was palpable.

  2. JH Says:

    Well, there was always Boonie’s effort on the plane to London.

  3. Cammy@TippyToeDiet Says:

    Congratulations to both you and Cadel Evans on your victories! Tenacity is an admirable trait at any level of competition.

  4. chrisfit2009 Says:

    Congrats Andrew, your effort put mine to shame! It’ll have to be something tougher for you next year though!

  5. Kath (My Funny Little Life) Says:

    I must admit that thanks to you, I know follow the TdF on the internet. 😀

  6. Twocatz Says:

    Great effort to finish on schedule. As for Cadel what a super star, those last two days in the mountains and then the TT were just epic

  7. Pippa Says:

    Really so proud of you, Andrew. Congratulations on a well-deserved victory! I am sending you something celebratory.

    You truly overtook me in all respects – I am so happy you ran with this challenge.

    When I finish the virtual TdF, I hope you will still be waiting there to cheer this straggler over the line!

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