Tour de France for Normal People: Paris

“The problem with being the winner of the Tour De France is you always have that feeling of disappointment if you don’t win again. That’s the curse of the tour.” – Greg Lemond

Stage 21: Paris

¬†The final day of the 2017 Tour de France. It’s a short stage 66 miles that rolls from Montgeron to Paris. As is customary on the final day of the tour it will be a leisurely roll into Paris until the laps around the arc de triomphe begin. You saw the riders joking around drinking champagne and beer as it’s a challenge just getting to Paris let alone to win a jersey in the race.

Froome wins #4

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Froome now sits among great company. To win 4 tours is no easy feat and his name will now rest among the greats like Eddy Merckx (5 tour wins) and Benard Hinault (4 Tour wins). The last time we saw a tour rider with this much success was in the late 90’s with Lance Armstrong and we all know how that ended so we won’t start that debate. In short Chris Froome has created his legacy and won his toughest race to date with just 54 seconds separating him and Uran. With Landa leabing Sky next year and such a close race this year it will be interesting to see what the 2018 Tour de France will hold for Sky and Froome but 2017 was one exciting race. Congrats to Chris Froome on his 4th Tour win.

Team Sunweb

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Team Sunweb Giant were by far the break out team of the year, with Barguil in the Polka dots and Matthews in the Green Jersey. Barguil clearly walked away with the climbers polka dot jersey and even before Kittel left the race Matthews was on his heals for the overall leader of the Sprinter’s Green Jersey. To have two riders on the podium in Paris is a big deal especially from a team that no one really expected anything from. Congrats to Team Sunweb on an amazing 2017 Tour.

Uran on the podium

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Uran for team Cannondale, much like Team Sunweb, was a real surprise this tour. If you would have told me that the 30 year old Columbian for Cannondale would finish the 2017 Tour in 2nd place, I would have told you that you were crazy. I heard an interview with¬†George Hincapie about the cycling obsessed country Columbia. Much like in America we have billboards of Tom Brady and LeBron James; they have billboards of the country’s biggest cycling stars. If Uran didn’t have a Columbian billboard he should have one now. Uran put together an amazing performance with a team that he didn’t have a lot of support from. When Uran won stage 9 on essentially a single speed you knew he was in top form. And it was that finish that pushed him up into the top 5 and eventually 2nd overall in Paris. Congrats to Uran on an amazing 2017 tour.

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