...couldn't get any better for British cycling. On a mountain that has had a major impact on British cycling, Chris Froome chose the biggest stage to make his biggest statement. If this really was a yellow winning ride then it couldn't have been more emphatic.
...before. Stage 8 on the second Saturday of the 2012 Tour de France in the first trip to the mountains Chris Froome rode to a brilliant stage victory and Sky's team leader took the yellow jersey on a mountain top finish. Exactly the same thing happened on the second Saturday of the 2013 Tour.
...grand. Can't say I was feeling that confident about an England grand slam before Saturday's game. My confidence having dropped over the last couple of outings. And then the ref being announced.
...England. If England go on to win the Grand Slam or just the Championship they need to strike one more medal and award it to the current French coach because on Saturday he made sure it could happen.
...team? The previous two home victories, against New Zealand and Scotland, were good but was winning away in Ireland the indication of where this England rugby team is under Stuart Lancaster?
…one. Just in case you might not have heard – Spurs only have one player, Gareth Bale, Newcastle United are all French and Lewis Holtby is a German international with an English dad. It’s true I did Tweet during the match that Spurs would be… Buggered without Bale. — Toxic Web (@Toxic_Web) February 9, 2013 […]
...it was George Hincapie what done it. Of all the evidence against Lance Armstrong one man's is more damning than any others. His loyal lieutenant through all the seven Tour victories.
...or is it a disorder? What are we left with after these last two weeks of the best Olympics ever but memories and the realisation that all there is now doesn't match up.
...and their heirs have stepped in seamlessly. Sir Chris Hoy and Queen Victoria Pendleton have mixed final day of their Olympic careers with gold and silver while their understudies show there's more to come with double gold.
...it's a good old get out clause. Philip Hindes. Did he or didn't he pull a fast one in that qualifying round? Does it matter as GB trio produced one of the great displays in the first night in the velodrome.
...for the perfect finish. Mark Cavendish owns the Champs-Élysées and it was up to Bradley Wiggins in the yellow jersey to make sure he won for the fourth straight time in the Tour's final stage.
...a day early. It's meant to be the final run in to Paris that's the procession for the wearer of the yellow jersey, Bradley Wiggins put it in a day early to leave the rest of field in his wake.
...part deux. A classic case of deja-vu on stage 16 of the 2012 Tour de France, as Thomas Voeckler storms the second last day in the Pyrenees.
...a rider is done for drugs. This time round it comes as a shock when announced last years 3rd placed rider Frank Schleck had failed a drugs test.
...deux. Where were we? Oh that's right Tommy had just won the first stage after the last rest day and Bradley Wiggins was rocking the yellow jersey.