7.17.2014

Tour de France 12: Nacked

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In front of all. All right. It's part of the game. Gambling on two wheels, stoicly affording what the day brings on. Riders wear just a jersey on their heart. Feelings exposure is on the conctract. Talking when you'd like to be quiet, waiting when you'd like to hurry up unless you are rude or a snub - remeber Cadel Evans' "Don't step on my dog' or Bradley Wiggins' no show. Vincenzo Nibali is apreciated because available. After hours on the saddle. Unless you lack of respect for the media. Maybe riders should be respected a little more.
Embedded image permalinkPeter Sagan is disappointed. Not angry. So sorry that you forget he's wearing the Green Jersey - and he seems to forget it himself. A worried Wolverine showed nacked in all his disappointment. This time he saved energies for the final sprint but it didn't work: Kristoff crossed first the line beating his chest like Tarzan. A nacked pride.
Moreover nacked and trashed the still entertaining pain of crashed riders. David De la Cruz was showing the world his NetApp-Endura jersey when he fell. He had probably a broken collarbone and it's no doubt painful crashing out the Tour from a promising break-away. Andrew Talansky didn't start this morning. But his painful finishing has been a big spot for Garmin (team and sponsor).
Embedded image permalinkCycling should emancipate itself from this war rhetoric of sufference and heroism. Or shame and scandal when a doper gets caught. It's fortunately a sport not a gladiators' show. It's fortunately a sport moving ahead from the doping age. Doping is not normal now and top athletes are not doping. Unfortunately it's still a sport where athletes are asked to damage their health and to risk their life as if that was normal. It is not.
Don't clap a rider who finishes when he should stop, don't show the pain of a rider who fell and got injuried. Don't put in fron of all those nacked bodies and those nacked souls. Of course we get excited but it's a feeling to be not prised.


RESULTS
STAGE

1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 4:32:11
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
3 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge
5 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Sharp
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
7 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
8 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
9 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
11 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
12 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
13 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
14 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
15 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
16 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
17 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
18 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
19 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement
20 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
GC
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 51:31:34
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:02:23
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:47
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:01
5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:47
6 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:03:56
7 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:57
8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:04:08
9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:04:18
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:04:31
11 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:39
12 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:05:17
13 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:05:34
14 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:06:03
15 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:06:47
16 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida 0:07:33
17 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:07:42
18 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:08:01
19 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:08:25
20 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:08:57

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