27 July 2015
Weekend of Sport Round-up: Froome, the Bolt & Vettel
What a weekend and what a win for Chris Froome! This weekend marked a day in history, as it became the first time a Briton has won the Tour de France twice, following his win in 2013. It also meant Team Sky and a Briton have now won three of the last four of cycling’s show piece races. Britain is making its mark in cycling!
For the majority of the race Froome didn’t drop out of the top two positions and it turned out to be the narrowest winning margin since Carlos Sastre beat Cadel Evans by 58 seconds in 2008. The race was exciting throughout despite Froome taking multiple amounts of abuse from the spectators, he still pulled out all the stops and won with his head held high.
But it wasn’t all about Froome, there were a record 10 Brits at this year’s Tour including; Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, Peter Kennaugh, Mark Cavendish, Adam Yates, Simon Yates, Stephen Cummings and Alex Dowsett. Thomas stood out as the highest ranked after Froome finishing 15th for Team Sky.
Our favourite Jamaican is back with a vengeance. Crowd-pleaser, Usain Bolt showed spectators at the iconic Olympic stadium during the Anniversary Games what they wanted to see; dance moves, personality and obviously a fantastic win.
He took a mere 41 strides over 9.87 seconds to narrowly beat Michael Rogers by 0.03 seconds. Despite a slow start off the blocks, he powered through to wipe out the competition. There are still improvements to be made so we can only imagine what will become of Bolt over the next few years.
The next competition we are all waiting for is the World Championships in Bejing where Bolt will take on Justin Gatlin, who has what it takes. Our votes with Bolt!
Finally Britain’s CJ Ujah also showed his home crowd what they wanted as he equalled his personal best of 9.96 seconds in the same 100m as Bolt.
Eventful, dramatic, thrilling and emotional, just a few words we’d use to describe Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s always exciting when there’s a surprise win and this Grand Prix didn’t disappoint, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took the top spot which is now is his second win of the season. The emotional part came when he dedicated his win to Jules Bianchi as he said in French over the radio on his cool down lap: “Merci, Jules. Cette victoire est pour toi.” (Thank you, Jules. This victory is for you). He then added in English: “You will always be in our hearts. We know sooner or later you would have been in this team.” A minute silence was also held before the race on the grid.
Lewis Hamilton secured sixth place, Nico Rosberg finished eighth after an unfortunate puncture, Jenson Button finished ninth, Daniel Ricciardo took third place and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat took his very first career podium in second.
It was a thrilling race, so if you haven’t already, make sure you watch it.