Tour de France - SHARE Your Favourite Moments

Tour de France 2012 - Your Favourite Moments

The Monday morning after the three weeks before!

Now is the time to reflect back on what has been a wonderful Tour de France and if you are British, then the historic victory of Bradley Wiggins in Paris yesterday, with the awesome Mark Cavendish supplying the perfect sprinkling of stardust on the cake, is a moment that cycling fans will remember and cherish for years to come.

As the circus packs up for another year and the cyclists uncleat for the final time, many of them heading straight to London for the Olympics, we can look back on the race as a whole and Wheelsuckers would love to know what your own highlights were of the 99th edition of the Tour.

The clinical dominance of Team Sky will no doubt rank highly - the design of the race this year, with a Prologue and two long individual time trials, played to the strengths of Bradley Wiggins and the teams decision to back their man as one, despite sniping in the press and from rival teams, was vindicated by his large winning margin.

Or perhaps it was the emergence of new talent on the big stage. Chris Froome and Tejay van Garderen both demonstrated that they have the necessary all round ability, desire and steel to win the Tour one day. The precocious, brash whirlwind of a talent that is Peter Sagan was exhilarating as was the debut of the new great hope for French cycling , Thibaut Pinot , who now has the weight of an expectant nation sitting on his young shoulders!

Or was it the older warriors that you cheered on? David Millar winning an emotional stage victory on the anniversary of Tom Simpson's death? The superlative Jens Voigt, 40 years old, but still riding with the aggression and dynamism of a man half his age! Or the panache of the gurning Gaul himself, Tommy Voeckler?!

Or maybe the moment you want to share with us is more personal to you?

If you went to watch the Tour then tell us about your experiences - where you went, who you met and what you witnessed!  How were the French and continental cycling fans taking the dominance of the British riders this year?!

And if you weren't lucky enough to see the race live, was there a particular point, as you watched the race unfold on your TV screens and saw the increasing media interest grow , that illustrated to you why the Tour de France is such a wonderful spectacle and one that we embrace passionately for three weeks of the year!

Allez, Allez!

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Comment by Greg Russell on July 24, 2012 at 7:03

Sagan was a revelation and Tejay showed that the Tour of California and the Paris -Nice were no flukes. But for me it was Brad in yellow and knowing what to do in yellow (controlling the race, holding it up for Cadel Evans and leading out sprints!!!) and the flippin World Champ carrying bidons in his shirt! What a Tour!

Comment by Martin Peace on July 23, 2012 at 12:29

For me, the arrival of Sagan and Pinot. Chris Froome was awesome, surely another Tour winner of the future given a team to support him. I usually watch it avidly either on the telly or try to get to France, this year I spent the last two weeks in Ireland, a great place for a holiday  but coverage was poor, and as I was camping so the interweb was not always available but I still managed to come 5th in the Wheelsuckers mini fantasy league !!  : )

Next year will be fantastic, the 100th edition should be something very special.

Comment by Middle Ringer on July 23, 2012 at 10:06

Off the top of my head right now, here's a few Tour highlights for me:

  • Sagan's line crossing celbrations & no handed wheelies.
  • Cav's monster sprint to claim Stage 18.
  • Wiggo smashing it on both time trial stages.
  • Teejay overtaking his leader, Cadel on final time trial.
  • George Hincapie leading the peloton into Paris on the final day

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