As i’m sure you’re aware by now, Alberto Contador claimed his 3rd Tour de France title, finishing 39 seconds ahead of second place Andy Schleck. Alessandro Petacchi clamied the sprinters green jersey although he failed to win a stage, Anthony Charteau won the polka dot jersey and Andy Schleck came in top of the young riders. Team Radioshack won the team Competition which meant that Lance Armstrong did get to stand on the podium and bid fair well to his long and highly successful career.
|1||CONTADOR Alberto||ASTANA||91h 58′ 48″|
|208||PETACCHI Alessandro||LAMPRE – FARNESE||243 pts|
|153||CHARTEAU Anthony||BBOX BOUYGUES TELECOM||143 pts|
|11||SCHLECK Andy||TEAM SAXO BANK||91h 59′ 27″|
|TEAM RADIOSHACK||276h 02′ 03″|
But lets not forget the most important rider of all, winning the 2010 Lanterne Rouge, last placed Adriano Malori. The 22 year old Italian rider came in a mere 4 hours, 27 minutes and 3 seconds behind the champion.
Now you may be thinking, “That’s rubbish, why would you want to celebrate last place?” well, with an average speed of 23.4 mph over the 2263 miles, I can guarantee that as hard as you tried, there is no way that you could keep up with the sprightly Italian for longer than 1 minute! During the Tour, on average riders will have burnt an of 123,900 calories, the equivalent to 478 mars bars, taken between 300,000 – 500,000 pedal strokes, and go through 3 chains.
I watch the Tour de France in the same way I watch the Formula 1, I love to marvel at the engineering involved that makes a car do 120 mph round a corner, and I watch the Tour with amazement at how the human body can cope with riding 2263 miles at an average speed of 20 odd mph, some of which is up inclines that I would have to get off and walk up! So I would like to congratulate the winners of the Jerseys, Alberto Contador, Alessandro Petachhi, Anthony Charteau and Andy Schleck but I don’t think we should stop there, I think all the riders should give themselves a pat on the back, as there is noway that I could ever dream of coming anywhere near to achieving what they have just done over the last 3 weeks.