A gorgeous Parisian afternoon, a totally dominant team, and finally a win for a Briton in Le Tour. We even got to see a bit of his sense of humour when he declared he was going to draw the raffle numbers from the podium.
I’m not sure that the planned live singing had the same effect as unexepected last minute Tina Arena singing had, or maybe it’s just that anthem sounded so very strange in that context.
It was a lovely moment when the peloton sent Chris Horner and George Hincapie on ahead to enter the Champs Elysees first. And I really enjoyed Jens Voigt motoring along in the breakaway and making Cav earn his final stage victory for the year.
For posterity I guess; trhe other jerseys were awarded to Peter Sagan (Green), Thomas Voeckler (KotM) and Tejay Van Garderen (White).
Thanks to all who joined us this year. We’ve had a blast and have enjoyed “hanging out” with you on twitter and facebook.
Now dry your eyes with a kangaroo and join me in some final pics.
I was amused to see someone found our blog by googling “tejay van garderen shirtless” – I can’t give you that – but I can give you Tommy Veau-ckler at the beginning of the stage yesterday. You can see the grins on the Liquigas team behind him, they were slow handclapping as well.
This time last year Tina Arena sang the national anthem as Evans made sporting history by becoming the first Australian Tour winner. Today Cowdel spoke candidly of his feelings at the end of the 99th TdF
“Last year was a realisation of a career of dreams,” he said. “This year … it’s not full of disappointments, but certainly below expectations. Always, finishing off a Tour is a satisfaction.
“Winning is a lot more fun. This sport is a lot easier when you’re winning. When you’re having a bad time … it’s the hardest sport in the world.”
It’s been interesting to read and see the media response to Wiggins win and Froome’s 2nd place and compare it to what we experienced here in Australia last year.
Yes I did manage to find some Vache from the final stage:
Someone else found our blog by googling “what is trolldj Tour de France” – although not our invention, were proud to join the throng of folks congratulating #trolldj on a fantastic tour. Last night we heard a few remixes of favourites from throughout the tour, and a few that were tweeted during the last stage, so either #trolldj loves the twitters, or we’re plainly too obvious in our requests. You’re got a year to dig out the more obscure ones folks!
- “Heaven” Emili Sande – opening montage showing highlights of Le Tour
- “Moving Right Along” Kermit and Fozzie – as you would 🙂
- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Greenday lots of smiling and laughing riders on the last day heading in to Paris.
- “Foux da Fafa” – Flight of the Conchords – another crowd favourite.
- “Well Did You Evah” -Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby “What a swell party this is”
- “Yellow” – Coldplay – der
- “Parlez-Vous Francais” – Art vs Science “The Champs-Elysees is a busy street”
- “Better” – Tom Baxter – Closing montage.
And finally – yes Injera – I did eat the ‘spreadable wedges”. In honour of the defending champion I thought I should do a little ‘us” vs “them playoff. Despite the “new and improved” stamp our La vache qui rit is still made in Poland and still tastes a lot worse than good old Kraft cheese wedges. The 70% more calcium is a touch troubling as well.