Insert metaphor involving empty bidons and back lanes of France, or faded bunting on the Champs Elysées or something: the Tour is over for another year. And what a tour it was! The most exciting for years, it had everything. And now all we've got left is a big tour-shaped hole in our lives.
Except for Long Island-based scorekeeper, of course, because they've managed to take that hole and cram a £2,799 Trek Madone 5.2 into it, by triumphing in our Fantasy Tour de France, brought to you in association with Evans Cycles. Always there or thereabouts, team Redbone put in a very solid last-week performance to take the fantasy maillot jaune by 37 points from a team almost exactly on the other side of the world, Adelaide-based The Mighty Bulls, the team of Mal71.
Fair play to both teams: it's been either one or the other of them topping the table from the first rest day onwards. At least Mal71 got the consolation of an Aussie win in the real thing, scant consolation though that may be.
That's another grand tour gone by without a home-grown winner, although we did manage a green-jersey-esque third place courtesy of London-based KevinP, so well done to him. Here's the final top ten standing in full:
1 Redbone scorekeeper 1994 2 Mighty Bulls Mal71 1957 3 asstanner kevinP 1940 4 CONTADORS CONQUISTADORS STEVESPRO 79 1918 5 eaju eaju 1908 6 Molteni 75 mr_fox 1898 7 EPO breaks nickobec 1894 8 Chapshaw's Hardmen tomchapman 1883 9 Oltre Nero o_marsden 1882 10 Cambridge Flyers Alan Tullett 1879
There were plenty of spot prizes to pick up in the last week too, and they've all been allocated now: for the record here's who won and when:
Johnny_175cranks (stage 16)
Standen (stage 17)
armchaircyclist (stage 18)
The Instigator (stage 19)
esnifador (stage 20)
scrapper (stage 21)
So that about wraps it up then for the Tour then. Thanks for playing and the season's not over yet, of course: the Classica San Sebastian is on Saturday, and then after that it's time to start gearing up for the Vuelta, where you can win a BMC Street Racer SR02 worth £1,199. Stick around for that one!
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.