Certainly added to the excitement waiting for them to appear for the last 1km!
Certainly feel for Kristoff. He had it won with 50m to go. He was just up against the best long course rider of a number of generations.
Big shout out to Bling Matthews. He must be wondering what he has to do to beat Sagan as well. A bronze to add to Silver behind Sagan 2 years ago. Matthews is the same age (well 9 months younger) and must be cursing being the same age as Sagan. He could end up having a few more placings behind him and being remembered as the "nearly" man.
Unfortunately the reality of the situation is that (pre/post Armstrong) it's never stopped. The doping in all sports is way ahead of the testing and is even ignored to an extent by the governing bodies for fear of complete reputational damage.
I refer to Armstrong because his situation was seen as a watershed moment for doping and cycling but ultimately it served no purpose whatsoever in the cleaning up of the sport.
Cycling is the poster sport for organised, team sponsored doping and it's way too ingrained to change now, so i'm almost with you in suggesting drastic action - although mine would be - dope all you want, dope yourselves up to the eyeballs and race, see who's best then.
Sorry if this reads as a doping rant, i know some may refer to Froome as an accidental asthma med OD but it really isn't. Look at the levels of performance vs. proven dopers, look at the quantity of medical TUEs in the sport (for top level professional athletes), wait and watch what happens now - because there will probably be an exposure of someone/some team in due course. Cycling has two default modes - one is complete omerta, nobody talks in spite of what they all know and the other is throwing the bad egg/eggs under the bus like they're the only ones who have been at it.
Part of me would like there to be a legit explanation for this test - I'm not a massive fan of Chris Froome but he seems quite an intelligent person. The level of suspicion around him, even from his first Tour win was ridiculous, having piss thrown at him, being compared to Armstrong by French pundits who ignored Thibault Pinot's identical numbers on a training ride on Ventoux, accusations thrown at him which are never leveled at the likes of Quintana or Dumoulin when he almost won the Vuelta as 'just a time trialist'.
He knows anything he does is going to be pounced on, he knows as race leader he's going to be tested every day, he'd be monumentally stupid to try anything, even to go overboard with an inhaler and try and pass it off. In that sense I hope there is nothing untowards going on, but it's not looking good.
Tony Martin's right, there are double standards in cycling. Why wasn't Froome immediately suspended from the Vuleta for producing a test that has seen other riders suspended? But then even Martin doesn't go as far as he should - Astana were still given a license for the 2015 season despite five riders failing tests. You have riders like Greg Van Avermaet who failed a test because he was so doped up to his eyeballs on cortisone that even his own federation wanted him banned. But he's marketable, so it was all swept under the carpet and he was allowed to carry on riding. I doubt any of the wins he's had over the last couple of years have been legit.
Ouch. Mitch Docker ended up in some barbed wire. Some people just have shit luck.
Apparently Luke Rowe's been disqualified for riding on the pavement when he had to go around to avoid a load of spectators who were stood all over the road. Sometimes the commissaires really are clueless.