Sunday, 22 July 2012

Long Sunday

Summer may actually begin today, at least "dahn sarf." We are getting wall-to-wall sunshine and temperatures should get to 24c. That will climb this week to over 30c in time for the start of the Olympics.

Before then however, we need to concentrate on today when Bradley Wiggins will be crowned winner of the Tour de France barring outrageous misfortune. Wiggins rides into Paris today at the head of the field and will, presumably, be overtaken in the burst for the finish but will be more concerned about staying out of trouble and becoming the first man from our islands to win the event. It really will be a remarkable achievement and a perfect prelude to the start of the games. It's a pity Paul Weller won't be there to congratulate him in person. I will be watching.

We then have the conclusion to the Open. The wind is predicted to pick up over the Lancashire links which should make things interesting for the leaders who will be the last out. Graeme McDowell heads British interest and he will partner leader Adam Scott and I reckon he could take advantage of the weather. His biggest challenge may be a lurking Tiger who remains in touch in spite of some duff putting yesterday.

Either way, today should feel like Summer and I will be firing up the Barby and urging the Brits on. Make the most of it.


Peter Taylor said...

Just outside Chartres yesterday watching Wiggo go through in a blur of yellow. It's a wonderful achievement, almost as good as the Addick's last season.

Dave said...

Peter - job done this afternoon. I think this will just get better and better as it sinks in what he has achieved and the bar it sets for so many other aspiring British riders. A second successive promotion and we might be comparing our feat as Addicks with Wiggo.