Well, it’s that time of year again and Boggartblog is wondering how much longer the cruelty that is the Tour de France will be allowed to continue.
We are only up to Day 7 and already there have been several pile ups, leaving riders and bikes strewn on the tarmic, like a dropped potion of chips on a early Saturday morning.
Yesterday Britain’s other Great Hope, who is not quite as good on the flat as Mark Cavendish, but of whom great things were expected when we got to the silly hilly bits, was involved in a mass coming together which resulted in poor Bradley hobbling away nursing a broken collar bone.
Every year we see good riders pushed to the absolute limit, many of them allegedly involved in nefarious practices with drugs and other peoples’ blood, or sometimes even their own blood which has been removed earlier for just such a process.
Every year we see injuries and occasionally death in the afternoon on the notoriously unforgiving tar and gravel strips bisecting the ripening fields of rural France.
Every year we see men who should be in their prime forced to wear lycra which will doubtless not be doing their tackle and sperm counts much good, squashed as their meat and two veg is between their ergonomically designed saddles and their over-muscled, pumping thighs.
Whilst once upon a time such conditions may have been acceptable in sport, this is no longer the case.
The Tour de France is a cruel and unecessary challenge and should be banned forthwith, along with the Grand National and probably the perpetual football season we now have to put up with.
But it is exciting isn’t it?
And to be fair the bikes don’t feel any pain.
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