It's been another fantastic Tour de France with many amazing moments to treasure, in fact far too many to list, writes Mike Tomalaris.
7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:38 PM

Right now I don't need to tell you how amazing the Chris Froome story is or how Mark Cavendish remains the best at what he does despite a strong challenge from Marcel Kittel.

Nor do I need to mention how Nairo Qintana is a complete revelation and that Alberto Contador's attempts to dislodge Froome for the race lead showed his true character, all of these exploits are well known.

We're going to talk about these riders for months and history will show that this 100th Tour was indeed one for the ages.

There was also a lot of fun to be had, so right now I thought I'd take a lighter look at a five of my fun, favourite or quirky moments of the great race.

1. The comment from Richie Porte when Chris Froome moved into the yellow jersey for the first time on Stage 8 at Bagnere de Bigorre. It went something like this 'We hit 'em hard...' It summed up the ambitions of Team Sky and the mood of a squad which came to the centenary Tour on a mission.

2. Bus drivers are usually the unheralded members of any professional cycling squad, but when the man behind the wheel of the Orica-GreenEDGE bus drove the big unit into the finishing arch and got it stuck there, it generated millions of dollars worth of publicity and indirect advertising. Needless to say, the Spaniard responsible is still working as a driver for an occupation - driving a taxi in Barcelona.

3. Playing #keeno at the start of every stage brought so much fun to users of Twitter whilst enjoying each stage of the Tour de France on SBS ONE and the SBS crew was no different. I was very, very close to picking a winner almost every day, although being on location with inside knowledge proved to be a great advantage.

4. If I ever return to another life as a professional cyclist competing at the Tour de France please remind me to never chase the King of the Mountains jersey. It must be said Pierre Rolland's fashion sense left much to the imagination when wearing the top-to-bottom polka dot kit. The Frenchman thought it was 'cool' to wear matching knicks with the prestigious item of clothing. Dare I say he may have been the only one. There's no truth in the rumour Lowes clothing outlets are considering approaching s textile company for tender to make and sell replicas.

5. If I can be serious for one moment, the genuine highlight of my centenary Tour was the stage win in the Teams Time Trial by Orica-GreenEdge in Nice. Just 24-hours after Simon Gerrans secured a second Tour stage victory on the last day through Corsica, he stood on the podium as the sixth Australian to wear the maillot jaune. What a joy, what a thrill and what a moment for a rider who has enjoyed a brilliant career.

Vive Le Tour! And thank you all again for watching on SBS.