As presentations go, the announcement of the route of the 101st Tour de France was almost flawless. There were Super HD montages of riders and road – the toilers and their tormentor – interspersed with helicopter-shot landscapes that could not have appeared more lush if soaked in cognac. The speeches were short and sometimes stirring. A soundtrack, freight delivered from Hollywood, did not so much tug the heartstrings as rip them out and use them as a lasso. As an additional bonus there was no PowerPoint...