Genetically very few people are able to win the tour. Mark Cavendish & Mario Cipolini have won a lot of stages but unless there is some sort of selective virus going around did not/will not ever win the overall. CB was an outstanding TT/pursuit rider but did not have the DNA to let him do that for three weeks. The athletes' hour he did still ranks in my top five 'top effort' rides. It probably knocked three years off his life span!
One day a British rider will emerge with the necessary Deoxy-Ribonucleaic-Acid.
I remember reading a letter in a magazine a few years back, the chap was asking what sort of training he should do as he wanted to enter the TDF, the reply was genius....
Ride at least 20,000 miles a year for the next five years and you MIGHT finish
A friend of mine who is a very handy triathlete did a stage of the tour a few years back ( on open roads, not the actual race! ) and was absolutley fubared afterwards, he left with a whole load more respect for the tour riders!!!
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