Race vehicles recap

July 11, 2011

You may expect a post today about the ridiculous stage from yesterday, but honestly I’m lost for words.

Most of you already know my opinion on vehicles in the race and I think it would be best to just stand by the words written with a clear mind back in May rather than just jumpng on the latest fad. Here are the links to that series:

Anyway, let me just finish by saying how proud I am of Thor’s accomplishments in the first week. Simply amazing work by him to keep the jersey as long as he did. Too bad he lost it through such a crazy stage but that actually only highlights his character.
On the theme of magnanimity from last week, Thor is the only rider I can think of who has now twice waited for fallen riders and thereby given up a jersey. Remember that last year the waiting on stage 2 cost him 30 very dear points for the green jersey. Respect.

6 Responses to “Race vehicles recap”

  1. Tim Stone Says:

    Hi Gerard, the links to Parts 1 & 3 are broken. Always interesting to read so thanks for the updates. Tim

  2. Someone Says:

    part 1 & 3 are dead links

  3. Enrico (from Brazil) Says:

    First of all, Thor Hushovd really deserved wearing the yellow jersey. What a great character! A World Champion leading the train for his teammate sprint to victory was great, one of the images to become an icon.

    About yours words against the amount of vehicles on a bike racing, unfortunately it is even more up to date after this first week of Le Tour. I agree with you, there’s too much cars in the caravan and it is time to change this.

    Best regards.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I have to echo Enrico – that image will be iconic, not just for this Tour. Also, the look of true joy on Thor’s face when Farrar won the sprint reminds me of the obvious delight he took when Van Summeren won Paris-Roubaix. There wasn’t a hint of jealousy. He is a great champion and a great team-mate at the same time. And waiting for fallen riders shows the same respect for the whole sport. He epitomizes the very best of cycling.

  5. Martin Says:

    Brad McGee did the same thing for Baden Cooke back in 2003 (I think) wore the Yellow Jersey leadout man for Cooke’s sprint Victory.

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