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Old 07-13-08, 04:09 AM
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Sorry Officer

>>SORRY, OFFICER

Tour de France favorite Cadel Evans invited police officers onto his team bus to apologize for shoving an officer on a motorbike during Thursday’s sixth stage.

The incident occurred when the police officer braked suddenly in front of Evans, who was trying to rejoin the main field after a flat.

The following morning, Evans chatted to the officer on his Silence-Lotto team bus and said sorry. He has also promised a team jersey to the officer at the end of the July 5-27 race, sports daily L’Equipe said.<<

Classy move by Cadel after that little incident during the stage the other day.
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Old 07-13-08, 04:37 AM
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any chance anyone has a link to a video of this?
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Old 07-13-08, 05:57 AM
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Why did the officer brake so suddenly with a cyclist right behind him ?
Was it a necessary move ?
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Old 07-13-08, 06:02 AM
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Evans can't resist sucking a wheel.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post

Classy move by Cadel ...
There's a first time for everything.
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Old 07-13-08, 07:24 AM
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They showed it on Versus' coverage.

Cop braked a little more suddenly than expected, Evans went to the right, and grabbed the cops arm on the way past and pointed at his eyes. It was an interpretted as a "watch what you're doing" kinda move.

In my mind it wasn't nearly as dramatic as to require an apology from either side.
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Old 07-13-08, 08:19 AM
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I'm surprised there isn't more trouble between riders and all the cars and cycles during the Tour.
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Was the motorbike not holding the wheel in front of him?

By BF rules Cadel was completely in line with the "I'm going to yell at you," principle.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
>>SORRY, OFFICER



Classy move by Cadel after that little incident during the stage the other day.
Class had nothing to do with it. You don't grab a cop unless you want to pay for it.
Probably had to smooth things over so he didn't end up in a French jail for assault alongside
Beltran.
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Old 07-14-08, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
Evans can't resist sucking a wheel.
He pales at sucking wheel compared to The Woo. I once drafted a John Deere lawn tractor.
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Old 07-14-08, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
Class had nothing to do with it. You don't grab a cop unless you want to pay for it.
Probably had to smooth things over so he didn't end up in a French jail for assault alongside
Beltran.
I nominate this post for the BF Idiot Medallion. Kudos, around here, you have to go pretty deep into the Silly Zone to earn that.
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Old 07-14-08, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
Class had nothing to do with it. You don't grab a cop unless you want to pay for it.
Probably had to smooth things over so he didn't end up in a French jail for assault alongside
Beltran.
nahh, i saw the situation, he didnt actually grab the cop as much as tap him to get his attention and tell him to pay attention.

it was definitely warranted, the guy on the motorcycle wasnt paying attention closely enough. it wasnt a rude gesture either, i dont think an appology was necessary.
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Old 07-14-08, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by mr_tom View Post
There's a first time for everything.
lol...
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I saw this and it was really nothing.

The cop wasn't paying attention and Evans simply grabbed his arm lightly as he passed and made a motion for the cop to keep a lookout for riders coming up from behind. Even Phil commented that the motorcycle cop was in the wrong. Evans was rightfully irritated and reacted in an okay way as it looked to me.
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It was the equivalent of yelling at the cop and telling him to not ride like a bonehead. Justified in my view, but Cadel's move was the right thing to do regardless. Words fly in anger on the road in a bike race, always best to shake hands and say sorry later. Those m/c dudes in the Tour de France have a dicey job, I'm sure the sudden braking wasn't intended to impede Cadel in any way, just one of those things that happen on the road @ 30mph.
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Originally Posted by Kerlenbach View Post
I'm surprised there isn't more trouble between riders and all the cars and cycles during the Tour.
I'm amazed at it. It would be so easy for a car to slow down or stop in front of the bikes, or move into a bike. The drivers must really, really take care not to get in the way.
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Old 07-14-08, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Words fly in anger on the road in a bike race,.
Yep. My 7 year old learned the f-word, and a-hole at the races.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I nominate this post for the BF Idiot Medallion. Kudos, around here, you have to go pretty deep into the Silly Zone to earn that.

Haven't been to the carbon floor pump thread have you?
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I guess I can't speak for this incident, but if that happened here, the cyclist would be in the wrong. If the motorcycle needed to brake suddenly, and this caused the cyclist to have to pull some evasive maneuver...the cyclist was following too closely. Like I said, though, that's talking regular street riding...not a closed race.
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Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
I'm amazed at it. It would be so easy for a car to slow down or stop in front of the bikes, or move into a bike. The drivers must really, really take care not to get in the way.
I take you didn't see the Festina car slamming brakes behind the peloton. Those were tense few seconds.
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Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
Probably had to smooth things over so he didn't end up in a French jail for assault alongside Beltran.
I didn't know that Beltran was in jail for assault.


















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Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
Yep. My 7 year old learned the f-word, and a-hole at the races.
Those are very technical cycling terms, and shouldn't be used by lower category riders.
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I couldn't detect the motorcycle slowing but it shouldn't have been unexpected. The road to the left was congested with motos and congested with cars on the right. When you draft a car, motorcycle or another bike you have to look past them to see what they will be slowing for next. I thought Evans was out of line.
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I've seen a lot worse on some videos of previous tours. Can't recall the rider's name right now but there was an incident wherein, after a close brush with one of the race officers cycles, a rider bombed the motorcycle with two water bottles. the second one scoring a direct hit. It seems as if to ride the Tour you must not only be a highly conditioned athlete you also have to have the patience of a cat at a mouse hole.....
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