Reflections on a Tepid Tour de France

Wiggins, Cavendish, Boasson Hagen and the Sky TrainPhoto: Shimano/Cor Vos

The Tour de France fizzled to a finish on Sunday, and for the first time in a decade I scarcely cared. That's because watching this Tour was as interesting as watching Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal/Discovery machine dismantle the race for seven straight years. (I mean really, it took vandals with carpet nails to add some drama.) After his unprecedented spring and Team Sky's utter control of the DauphinĂ©, Wiggins entered the race as the outright favorite, but nobody expected the domination that ensued. That commanding performance was good for Sky but bad for audiences and TV. Once Froome annihilated the opposition on Stage 7 and Wiggins pulled on the maillot jaune, the final result was a fait accompli. Yawn.

The lack of drama left me with plenty of time to ruminate on the good, the bad, and a few of the lesser story lines. So with hopes for a better race next season, here are a few things to be learned from this year's tepid Tour.

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