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Old 07-15-12, 05:36 PM   #1
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Great sportsmanship at the TDF today (semi-spoiler)

What do you think of Wiggins coasting until Evans was able to join up?

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Sounds like fair play to me.
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I hope they catch the bast@rds that threw tacks on the road.
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Thought that it was pretty cool. I am a Cadel fan. Now I am also a Bradley fan.
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Not all that many "professional" sports where I can see this level of class.
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I hope they catch the bast@rds that threw tacks on the road.
I hope the behavior of a few fans doesn't ruin one of the greatest things about pro roadracing. Idiots with flares smoking up the road and burning Wiggins' arm one day and now ******** throwing tacks on the road.
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Can't imagine who would do that, and when. They said it happened near the summit, where a lot of spectators were gathered. Did no one see tacks on the road before the caravan arrived, or were the tacks thrown just as they arrived and no one saw it happen?

Aside from those questions in my mind, it was interesting to watch the sportsmanship play out.
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... Did no one see tacks on the road before the caravan arrived, or were the tacks thrown just as they arrived and no one saw it happen?

Aside from those questions in my mind, it was interesting to watch the sportsmanship play out.
If I had to guess, the tacks showed up sometime between the 11th rider going over, and the first of the trailing peloton several minutes later.

Wiggins comes off as being somewhat aloof, but based on today's actions, and his interview afterwards, he seems a worthy winner of this year's Tour should he bring yellow to Paris next week. In the meantime, someone should go buy Rolland a new earpiece...
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Europcar is not the most popular team within the pelaton and it is a good thing the pros don't carry pumps. Thic conduct used to be the norm on the tour but certain teams (Europcar as an example) have not abided by the rule for a few years. Doesn't work for every rider- only for the contenders. But It is not just down to wiggins--It is the "Spirit" of the TDF that has bought about the gentlemanly conduct.
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I was very impressed. But I read that the leaders of the peleton will generally slow the pace to allow leaders who have mechanical problems due to external circumstances (flats, crashes) to rejoin the pack. Seems like a good practice. Fairly sensible to do with the peleton where everybody in the pack has the same time. But not something the riders out ahead shooting for the stage, KOM, or sprint win can practice.

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It was all a simple misunderstanding. Someone in the French government said, "we must have tax on all roads" and things got a little out of hand.
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Three of the camera motorbikes went out with flats.

One of these crashed with the riders being seriously injured with multiple broken bones and other injuries.
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The only problem with these unwritten rules of sportsmanship comes in when there is a difference of opinion as to when they should be applied. In this particular case everyone but Europcar thought it was the right thing to do. In other cases it is not as throughly agreed upon. Maybe some group of riders should spell out what constitutes a reasonable instance to hold up for a rider that all can agree upon. This one was fairly popular but a couple of years ago there was an instance and a split (of opinion) on wether or not there should have been a hold up by the race leader. It is a race after all, if they get too mannerly it will just be a group ride.
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It is this type of sportsmanship that made me take to bicycle racing many years ago.

You would be hardpressed to find another sport where this type of sportsmanship takes place.

Wiggins just made me a fan, for at least this tour.
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... This one was fairly popular but a couple of years ago there was an instance and a split (of opinion) on wether or not there should have been a hold up by the race leader. ...
a couple years ago it was rider error during the initiation of an attack. I think in cases like that all bets are off.

Maybe ASO should put Bernard Hinault in the lead car and give him the final say on these matters.
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That happened years back when Armstrong was dropped by catching his handlebars on the bag strap of a spectator. I think it was Ulrich that he was fighting with that day & Ulrich waited for Lance to get back into their group. Amazing stuff that you don't see in many other sports.
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This is standard Tour etiquette--for the leader to slow down the race whenever there is trouble. Wiggins was merely following tradition. Nothing to get excited about.
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Reminds me of stage 13 in 2001 Tour. Ullrich crashes on the descent of the Peyrsourde and Armstrong waits, then Beloki attacks while Ullrich is trying to catch back up. Just substitute Wiggo for Armstrong, Cadel for Ullrich and Rolland for Beloki. Some get it and some don't.
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It is this type of sportsmanship that made me take to bicycle racing many years ago.

You would be hardpressed to find another sport where this type of sportsmanship takes place.

Wiggins just made me a fan, for at least this tour.
Cricket and Rugby come to mind.

And the example I can come up with from Cricket easily surpasses this.

Batsman called safe and simply walks off. (For the americans think of a called ball on a 3 and 2 count in baseball and the batter walking ot the dugout).

Adam Gilchrist is perhaps better know for this than his many accomplishments.

This is in full international tests, as important as things get.

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That happened years back when Armstrong was dropped by catching his handlebars on the bag strap of a spectator. I think it was Ulrich that he was fighting with that day & Ulrich waited for Lance to get back into their group. Amazing stuff that you don't see in many other sports.
Yea and then instead of rejoining the group Lance simply blew past the riders who had slowed down.

Oh and then went on to say he did not think Ulrich had waited.

That was the day I became a Lance hater.
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Yea and then instead of rejoining the group Lance simply blew past the riders who had slowed down.
What else should he have done? Sat in for the rest of the stage?
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It would have been considered "tacky" if Wiggins had not waited for Cadel.
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