La Promenade des Anglais
In 99 editions of the Tour (it began in 1903 but did not run in the war years) nobody from the land of the bike clip across the Channel had ever come remotely near to winning sport’s most murderous endurance test.
. . .Yet on a day on which Mark Cavendish, the world’s greatest sprinter, won the final stage on the Champs-Elysées for the fourth consecutive year, British cycling celebrated a seventh win of this Tour and two British riders, Wiggins and Chris Froome, finished first and second overall, this really had become what the hosts had dreaded as La Promenade des Anglais.