English Strength in the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins Wins
- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 23 July 2012
In the 2012 Tour de France that many Aussies had hope would see Cadel Evans of Team BMC seek a second win, the English Team Sky had other plans so it became somewhat of an English domination. Mark Cavendish seals another Champs-Élysées sprint finish win while Bradley Wiggins takes the overall yellow jersey GC win.
Fellow Sky team mate and british cyclist Chris Froome (Kenyan born) finishes in second, heavy speculation whether he was stronger than Wiggens will carry on into next year. In any case it is a strong domination of British cyclists in the lead up to the London Olympics which has been in the back of the minds of many of the cyclists competing.
Cadel Evans wasn’t able to match the strength of Wiggins and also Froome as he lost time in the mountains and with a stomach bug wasn’t able to recover.
Peter Sagen (Slovakia) of Liquigas took three stage victories, one ahead of Cavendish. Australian Matt Goss of the Australian team Orica GreenEDGE was strong in his fight for the green points jersey and finished third after Andre Greipel. French Rider Thomas Voeckler of Europcar took the King of the Mountains Polka Dot Jersey, US rider Tejay Van Garderen of BMC took the youth classification and the team classification went to RadioShack-Nissan despite Fabian Cancellara dropping out and team leader Frank Schleck also dropping out (later disqualified for doping).
In the first year at the Tour de France, Aussie team Orica GreenEDGE were visible and though victory eluded Matt Goss we look forward to the team growing from this experience and becoming stronger.