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The 10 biggest cycling stories of 2013

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Dec. 31, 2013
With Richie Porte at his side, there was no matching Chris Froome at the Tour de France in July. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com

1. Froome rules France

There was no story bigger in 2013 than Froome and his Tour de France victory. The faster he pedaled and the more he emaciated his rivals, the more the doubters doubted, but Froome proved implacable, winning the first of what could be many yellow jerseys.

Backed by state-of-the-art science and training at Sky, Froome was a man among boys during the Tour, winning two stages and taking the claws out of rivals such as Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff). And it wasn’t just that he won cycling’s biggest race, it was how he did it and what it stood for that made Froome’s victory so important.

If we are to believe that Froome is clean — and there is every indication that he is — then the enormity of his achievement is remarkable. In fact, in the context of the EPO era and how far cycling has changed its paradigm, Froome’s victory, along with every other rider who is racing and winning clean in the peloton, should rank as one of the most important achievements in cycling history.

Froome and his generation represent a massive change in a sport that was synonymous with doping. Thanks to Froome, and the efforts to clean up the sport, the future of cycling heads into a dramatically different direction. For 2014, the headlines might just be about racing. Let’s hope that’s the case.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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