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The Tour de France started in 1903, the Giro d'Italia in 1909 and the Vuelta a Espana in 1935. Any discussion of the sport's standout events begins with those three grand tours, each lasting three weeks and testing the skills and stamina of the world'
No Australian has won a Grand Tour, although Cadel Evans came within seconds of victory in the 2007-08 Tours de France. After Porte's Giro heroics last year in his first season at Saxo Bank, team boss Bjarne Riis was none too pleased about