Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tour de France: JEEPERS, that looks painful!

SHOOT: Those cuts must hurt! I don't agree with the cynical writer of the piece below, but I do believe this tour will be remembered for its crashes more than for performances. Hopefully that will change over the next few days...

They finally figured it out - men cycling on an open road is boring. But add some obstacles: cars, bikes, barbed wire, random spectators, all out to stop the riders by any means necessary, and we've got ourselves a sport. A living video game. Here's why we've been loving the first week of DeathFrance 3000.

We watched yesterday's spectacular video of a car running a couple of riders off the road, but we initially failed to notice Johnny Hoogerland in the back, get sent flying off the road only to stop gruesomely short, tangled in a barbed wire fence. He suffered deep lacerations, but somehow finished the race. He's a man.

Who's to blame? The car, of course, a TV car for France Television. The five cyclists caught up included Tour Leader Thomas Voeckler, who had signaled for a water bottle. It was announced over the race radio, which all TV cars are supposed to be listening to, that cars should have given way to allow the water to be brought up. The France Television car did not hear, or did not heed, and tried to pass the riders instead, leading to the carnage.
France Television has apologized, and that car has had its media credentials revoked.

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