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It's been a long time since a sporting event gave me goosebumps...
...two moments in today's Tour de France did.
The first happened after Lance Armstrong fell when he bumped a spectator. He had just begun churning away from the pack when it happened. To my astonishment, the group slowed down, constantly glancing back, and waited for Armstrong to catch up - and subsequently leave them behind again.
It's easy for you and me to say 'of course they should.' But remember...this moment is what these racers have been working for most of their life. After all, the fall was not their fault. (The commentator said Armstrong had done the same for the German (Urlich?) earlier in the race. Still, this was the definitive leg of the event...)
The second moment was when Armstrong passed a French racer who had been leading. He patted him on the back as he went by. No taunting. No slash of the throat motion. Just a simple gesture of respect. The shark congratulating his lunch for a good fight.
We're bombarded with images of athletes doing anything but being sportsmen. It is encouraging to see respect and competition still exist.
As an aside, what the hell is it with these spectators????? They dart in and out in front of the riders yelling and waving flags. I'm amazed there are not more accidents caused by these people.
it's sort of protocol in tour biking that the pack will wait if one of the leaders suffers
an accident/mishap thru no fault of their own--which was clearly the case today.
Lance did extend ullrich the same courtesy in 2001 when "the big german" went
off the road ( i forget the exact circumstance)and lance extended him the same
courtesy.Although i believe lance was leading at the time in that one and he
probably knew it didn't matter,but anyway.one great race today
as for the enthusiasts/nutters on the road,especially the uphills,its become a
tour tradition for the most part.plus,you must understand, may of the fans
have been drinking for hours on end by the time the lead pack arrives.their
pretty well sloshed.
soaked in talent
yea, no one seems to mind. Armstrong didn't even blame the guy. He said it was his fault for riding so close to the crowd, which is something he doesn't usually do.
I'd hate to depend on drunken, flag-waving fans to get out of my way at every turn. Of course, I'd love to be one of them too [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif[/img]