Forget football, watch cycling

If you’re a regular reader, the chances are that your number one sport is likely to be bike racing. It doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to like football but on the evidence of Saturday night’s performance I reckon Bradley Wiggins’s ride in last year’s Tour puts the England squad to shame.

If only more of the nation were exposed to our glorious sport, then I’m sure they would agree. ITV’s Tour coverage is pretty good but it is tucked away on their fourth channel, along with Cops With Cameras, Police Patrol and repeats of Minder. Most of the regular viewers will be unemployed or unwell.

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Football, on the other hand, is unmissable. Quite literally. When I expressed a lack of interest in the Big Game on Saturday I was accused of being unpatriotic, so I took the plunge and joined the nation in front of my TV.

Great first four minutes, then pretty much nothing for another hour and a half. Worse than a Vuelta sprinters’ stage. At least you know what to expect with a boring bike race and only need to watch the last 10 kilometres.

Now I see employers are giving their staff Friday afternoon off to watch the next England match. Try seeing if your boss will let you stay at home for the Tour showdown on the Col du Tourmalet on July 22.

Good luck!

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly