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    Tejay almost runs into a doofus on Alpe d'Huez

    Hard to tell whether Tejay felt that chap was getting too close; or whether Tejay's frustration boiled over upon seeing a KOM jersey paired with striped shorts.

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    Looks like the doofus ran into TVG...probably drunk. He looked a little surprised when he punched him.

    Some fans just get too close. Remember when Contador punched that one fan in the face. Funny stuff.
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    Riblon gave someone a smack first time up the Alpe too.

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    Them cyclist back probably full of welt after all the back slaps they get from the fans. Would it be mean if they wear a jersey with tiny carbon fiber spikes?
    Last edited by bonggoy; 07-18-13 at 12:43 PM.

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    I saw this real time and what I noticed was the other spectator shoving him into the path of TJV. This happens loads, yes they're idiots for bouncing about trying to keep up with them but the static spectators are often just as much of a nuisance too.

    And another thing, those cameras on the end of a stick are really winding David Harmon up lol!

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    obviously those people mean nothing to the organizers of the race since they have done everything they possibly could this year to minimize the Alpe D'Huez.

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    That wasn't a punch it was a push-off, lol.
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    If I rode up to some mountain stage view spot, camped overnight, then waited hours for the Tour to ride by, only to have some clown run right in front of me, there would be more punching...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM View Post

    Some fans just get too close. Remember when Contador punched that one fan in the face. Funny stuff.
    Was that the one dressed as a doctor holding a fake needle in his hand? LOL

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    Yeah I can see why it might get annoying
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeds Lad View Post
    And another thing, those cameras on the end of a stick are really winding David Harmon up lol!
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    While fans have always been crazy I get the feeling its been gradually getting worse. Way more looking into the camera and "it's about ME getting on TV" than the race itself. I'd rather see the fans cheering their support running a few paces next to the riders than most of what I see now. Many are cheering into the camera, oblivious to the riders, and worse yet, many stopping their run in the middle of the road before realizing there's and entire group of riders and cars/cycles right behind.

    Of course we rant about it every year but the "etiquette" of the fan seems to be breaking down.
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    Replace the lead vehicles from motorcycles to snowplows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeds Lad View Post
    I saw this real time and what I noticed was the other spectator shoving him into the path of TJV. This happens loads, yes they're idiots for bouncing about trying to keep up with them but the static spectators are often just as much of a nuisance too.

    And another thing, those cameras on the end of a stick are really winding David Harmon up lol!
    David Harmon isn't commentating this year. The person you are listening to is Carlton Kirby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenomad View Post
    Of course we rant about it every year but the "etiquette" of the fan seems to be breaking down.
    The incident with the urine being poured on Cavendish seemed like a new low to me. I am hoping that one is never ever repeated.

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    Someone punched Eddy Merckx in the kidney while he was riding up the Puy de Dome in the TdF 1975.

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    Probably the same guy that let his dog off the leash

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    I'd like to see them just give the motorcycle drivers on the lead bike a taser to use. Or outfit the motorcycle with a hotwire on both sides and have the driver swerve a bit as he goes up the road.

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    I too feel it has gotten worse. Amazing how many people you see not watching the road but rather turned and jumping up and down waving at the camera.
    i may have overreacted

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    There was some guy mooning the camera last night when TVG passed him. It was pretty close to where the barricades started.

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    That's funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericy View Post
    The incident with the urine being poured on Cavendish seemed like a new low to me. I am hoping that one is never ever repeated.
    It's sad that other fans didn't beat the crap out of that a$$hat. They must have all been Sagan fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM View Post
    Looks like the doofus ran into TVG...probably drunk. He looked a little surprised when he punched him.

    Some fans just get too close. Remember when Contador punched that one fan in the face. Funny stuff.
    What TJ did was a shove...

    This is the Contador punch:
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/...ent/contipunch

    If you watch the video it doesnt look as bad. The guy shouldnt have touched Contador. In any case, fans are out of control and this will continue. How do you police a 10 mile mountain road filled with 300,000 (if we believe the commentators) people who have been drinking all night and day?

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