Good call, JT-M. I feel it's been a bit stale for a while now. Last year's evening race did mix things up a little - as did having a winner who wasn't Mark Cavendish - but on the whole, it's three hours of processional riding on the (rather ugly) outskirts of Paris, before a routine bunch sprint.
The problem is coming up with an alternative. The time trial worked in 1989 but the likelihood of it being such a tense affair as the LeMond vs Fignon battle is rare. Had it been a time trial on Sunday, Nibali would still have been able to ride in to Paris while sipping glasses of champagne, such was his commanding lead.
I guess the only viable alternative is finishing in a city other than the capital city - as they do in the Giro - and then cutting down on the long transfers before and trying to keep it all balanced right to the end. This could work if they were to showpiece some wonderful locations - although the traditionalists would cause a fuss. What's more - Paris is easy to get to for the tourists, plus a dream for those organising corporate packages.
It's a real tough one. But the finale this year did lack a certain pizzazz.
Is that "own" as in: "Struth Daryl, that tackle was absolutely grouse - he completely owned him there"?
Nice article, even if I'm unfamiliar with the term "it's bloody grouse". Is "grouse" Aussie street-speak for "great" or (as the youths of the UK say) "well bear"?
The problem with bike cams at the Tour is that ASO have total control of the images (through Euro Media France and France Televisions) and there are issues with broadcasting rights. Unless it's something that France Televisions adopts for their own production of the host broadcast feed then it won't happen, because ASO won't let anyone else profit if they haven't paid their fair slice.
That said, not that we've used drones etc then the next logical step does seem to be bike cams. Given the tech ingenuity of the people behind the Tour international broadcast, you can bet that they'll be targeting a way of doing this themselves and at an even better standard before they roll it out.
As it is, though, I imagine InCycle (or whoever) would receive a stern letter from the ASO lawyers were they to put bike cam vids up on YouTube that include footage from the Tour...