We’ve left the dust to settle and the controversial comments fly before posting our Giro thoughts.
First off it was an epic race. We aren’t here to politicise cycling so won’t comment on the start in Israel. If you want to know how we feel, ask when you see us out on the road.
The sprint battle was supposed to be dull based on the number of top level riders missing, but in Elia Viviani and Sam Bennett we were treated to a great duel.
The mountains battle was compromised somewhat by GC contenders as is the way nowadays.
That battle was lit up early on by Simon Yates who almost made it to Rome in the Maglia Rosa before a late collapse instigated by Tom Dumoulin and finished off by Chris Froome.
Are we comfortable with Froome?
It’s nothing personal but his Salbutomol case needed resolving way before now to give his win a level of security. Throw in the style of the race winning attack and it’s clear the cycling world needs some answers.
Overall our man of the race was Dumoulin. Harsh on Yates it may be, but the Dutchman is big and powerful and would go well in the fens. And that’s important to us.
Forget polls based on pedalling style and trendy haircuts, the truest measure of who is the main man of the Tour is results.
On that score French climber Warren Barguil is most definitely the man of the race.
He could still lose that status. But only a time trial of some genius from a Bardet or Uran could affect that.
Barguil had the confidence to sit up and lose time before striking out and winning stages. He even had to overcome the disappointment of wrongly being declared the winner at the bottom of the Mont Du Chat in Chambery before getting over the line first.
A lot of TV pundits are talking about him mounting a yellow coloured challenge next summer, but for now let’s just enjoy how he’s racing…