Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Bike shop Ontario: Team Sky's tested strategy
As we followed the 2012 Tour de France at our Ontario, California bike shop, one thing that stood out about this year's competition was the winning strategy of Britain's Team Sky, reminding anyone who might forget, that this is, after all, a team sport.
Bradley Wiggins won the first yellow jersey for Britain, and appeared to do so with little effort. Wiggins established his lead so early on in the race, and held it for so very long. The win was a virtual certainty on Saturday, barring some crazy turn of events, when Wiggins won his second time trial.
Wiggins finished the Tour with his teammate Chris Froome close behind. Froome was only 3:21 after him, and this was especially dramatic considering how things went down between them in the race.
Froome exceeded expectations with his incredible performance on mountainous stages, putting Team Sky's winning strategy to the test. The team had its bets on Wiggins, given his edge in time trials, and Froome was held back in several stages for the sake of keeping Wiggins ahead. The tension over this strategy erupted in a stream of back-handed tweets between Froome's girlfriend and Wiggins' wife, beginning in the 11th stage.
Team Sky's teamwork also made its mark when they aided Mark Cavendish in taking a fourth consecutive stage win on the Champs-Elysees. Wiggins was happy with the team's strategy. "It's magnificent," said Wiggins. "For us to finish like this as a team, helping Mark to victory and allowing him to defend his record here... it's incredible."