The Tour de France, one of the most gruelling road races in the world of cycling, has come to an end for another year. Running from July 7th to 29th and covering a total distance of 3,351 kilometres, this year’s edition of the famous cycling race was an opportunity to see some of the finest athletes in the world take to the roads. With numerous British riders involved and five of the last six winners hailing from our country, we were glued to the action here at The Insurance Emporium! Check out our round-up of the action from the 2018 Tour de France!
Winning for Wales!
After a gargantuan effort to complete the race in 83 hours and 17 minutes, Geraint Thomas managed to claim the yellow jersey for the first time in his career! The Welshman had led from stage eleven of the Tour and managed to see off the competition to take home the title. Thomas was competing in his ninth tour and had to banish the ghosts of some seriously unlucky previous attempts. In 2015 he crashed into a telegraph pole and in 2017 he broke his collarbone during the ninth stage. Thomas rode into Paris holding the Welsh flag proudly above his head, receiving huge praise from fellow riders, including Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish!
Vroom, vroom, Froome!
Only four cyclists have ever won the Tour de France title on five separate occasions and the build-up to this year’s race was all about whether Chris Froome could manage his fifth. Froome was also looking to match Eddy Merckx’s record of four consecutive wins. However, the Englishman went into the race under a cloud of controversy. A potential drugs ban was overturned on the eve of the event and Team Sky had to battle through some rough and hostile treatment en route. Unfortunately for Froome, it wasn’t to be his year and he finished a worthy third.
Calamity for Cav
Another of Britain’s elite riders and former member of Team Sky, Mark Cavendish was racing for Dimension Data in this year’s Tour de France. He was looking to improve on his current record of 30 Tour stage wins and edge closer to Eddy Merckx’s record of 34. Unfortunately for Cavendish, the 2018 Tour did not quite go to plan and he found himself eliminated having missed the time cut-off during the difficult mountainous eleventh stage. It certainly wasn’t a year that will live long in the memory for Mark Cavendish!
It wasn’t all about the competition this year! One of the most memorable and emotional moments was perhaps the sight of Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel, competing in his final and record-breaking 18th Tour, riding into Paris. Team Sky dropped back to lead the peloton, leaving him to complete the final lap of the French capital on his own. Chavanel had won three stages of the Tour in his career and wore the yellow jersey on two occasions in 2010.
It truly was a gripping edition of the Tour de France this year and we’d like to congratulate Geraint Thomas on a wonderful victory! Watching the Tour could be just the thing you need to encourage you into the saddle! If you do decide to get out and about on your bicycle, it might be worth considering some Cycle Insurance to protect you should anything go awry. At The Insurance Emporium, our Bicycle Insurance policies come with a 15% Introductory Discount* and include cover for Theft, Accidental Loss or Damage as standard! Pedal down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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