So, who’d have thought?
Chris Froome, the Tour de France champion – a renowned climber and time trialler – wins the end of season Saitama criterium sponsored by, hey, the same guys who run the TdF. What a coincidence, huh?
But it gets better. The TdF Green Jersey winner, Mr Sagan, somehow finishes second (despite Froome not holding candle to Sagan in any sprints – ever) ahead of none other than the current World Champion, Mr Rui Costa, resplendent in his rainbow hoops. Talk about a promoter’s dream. Sounds more like the ending to a Hollywood script. Which of course it almost certainly was.
Fully appreciate the whole pro criterium thing is more akin to a pantomime than real racing. But doesn’t world cycling have enough of a credibility issue already in 2013?
If you’re going to cough up the cash to fly 50 or so of the world’s top riders to Japan, what’s wrong with ending the season with a legitimate race? I don’t know about you, but if I want acting, I’ll watch my old Hulk Hogan videos