With the year’s biggest race well behind us now, it’s time for a bit of reflection. Three weeks is a long time, so it can be difficult to pick your favourite Tour de France moment out of so much drama over the entire course of the race.
Troopers that you are though, you the CW readers have come up with some top answers to which was your favourite moment.
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From witty one liners to some daring (and painful) rides, here’s your selection of the best moments from the 2017 Tour de France.
Presented in association with Decathlon.
What was your favourite moment from this year’s Tour de France?
Being British, Chris Froome winning would be the obvious one but I’m going for the young rider for Direct Energie [Lilian Calmejane] who won on a mountain finish stage, even though he had severe cramp at one point, and got to pull on the KoM jersey for the next stage.
Edvald Boasson Hagen winning stage 19. He chose the right side of the roundabout coming into the last three kilometres, caught the rest of the breakaway napping, and then left Nikias Arndt for dust. Well deserved after coming so close on previous stages.
The day Romain Bardet and his team did a downhill two-pronged attack on the front of the race and the peloton. It made for fascinating racing.
Watching Dan Martin fighting all the way with a broken back to take sixth in the GC.
I enjoyed Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski throwing his Oakleys to the ground on the Col d’Izoard to save energy as he was so empty, and then ground to a complete halt soon after. Super domestique personified.
Everyone holding back because Froome put his hand up when his gears weren’t working. Why? Respect for the yellow jersey is one thing, but he was still on his bike and moving forward. Are they all supposed to wait for the yellow jersey when his brakes are rubbing a bit, or his handlebar tape comes loose? It’s a race, so race.
Watching every single minute of the race on TV.
Seeing Geraint Thomas take the yellow jersey on the first day, that was incredible. His quote was even better: “Paris is quite close to Düsseldorf, can we just go straight there?”
Watching Fabio Aru crack in the crosswinds after he and his team said that Froome and Sky were vulnerable and not strong.
Obviously marred by crashes but for pure incident the best stage of the Tour was the Mont du Chat stage into Chambéry — there wasn’t a moment that wasn’t interesting!
When the policeman on the motorbike pushed an annoying spectator into the ditch on a mountainside.
Froome’s recovery from a broken spoke, through a torrent of boos from the crowd… at that point, the rest knew they were totally owned.