Bruyneel..."it is a bad idea to go back 20-years and do something like this.."
(Photo: Roberto Bettini)
Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel, who has been an outspoken opponent
of the radio ban, said the organizers had failed in their bid to bring
exciting racing to the stage.
"The reason behind having no radios was
to have more attractive racing and that's obviously not what happened,"
said the Belgian. "If that is what they wanted to accomplish, it has
been a failure and I just think it is a bad idea to go back 20 years
and do something like this stupidly in the biggest race of the year. "Especially losing a tool we use everyday of the year."
the day's slow riding by the peloton had been an informal silent
protest against the radio ban. "I think everyone was kind of on the
same level, initially there were 14 teams, then maybe some more who
didn't want to manifest their position," said Bruyneel. "When we were
put in a position where there was enforcement of this rule, it was
still up to the riders to decide what is going on in the race. "So I
think the banning of the radios has accomplished the direct opposite of
what they wanted to achieve."
Even Mr. Texas could keep up with the peloton today
(Photo: Roberto Bettini)
Slowest Tour Stage Ever, Says Armstrong
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong said Tuesday's radio-silenced stage was the slowest he could remember after more than a decade of the competition. The 37-year-old breezed past waiting reporters after Britain's Mark Cavendish won his third stage of this year's Tour when he claimed the 10th stage and his seventh in three participations. Italian cyclist Rinaldo Nocentini retained the overall leader's yellow jersey, but third-placed Armstrong, who is eight seconds behind the leader, said it had been the slowest day's racing he could remember.
"Stage 10 done, probably one of the more relaxed days I have experienced in ten plus Tours," said cancer-survivor Armstrong, who is back after his four year hiatus, on his Twitter page. "Things got rolling at the end and we (his Astana team) were going. My legs feel good."
This was the first stage in years to be held entirely without radio communication, as will Friday's 13th stage from Vittel to Colmar, after Tour organisers insisted on a radio ban between riders and their team managers. A protest petition, signed by 14 of the Tour's 20 teams, was submitted to the race organizers last Saturday, but the race went ahead without the use of radios.
Arvesen (middle) with Andy Schleck (left) and Fabian Cancellara (right)
Photo: Yuzuru SunadaSaxo Bank Lose Injured Road Captain Arvesen
Tour de France contenders Saxo Bank suffered a blow Tuesday when road captain Kurt-Asle Arvesen was forced out of the race after suffering a broken collarbone in a heavy crash during the 10th stage. The 34-year-old Norwegian champion, who won the 11th stage on last year's Tour, fell after 87-kilometers trying to avoid a spectator who had fallen into the road.
Saxo Bank spokesman Bryan Nygaard confirmed to AFP: "He's out of the race. We've just returned from hospital where scans confirmed the suspected fracture. It's fractured in two places." Arvesen rode on and was in obvious pain as the race's official doctors tried to ascertain exactly how serious his injury was.
The loss of Arvesen is a big blow to Saxo Bank, who were called CSC last year when the Norwegian played his role in helping former team leader Carlos Sastre win the race. This year Arvesen came to the Tour as the newly-crowned Norwegian champion and primed to peak for the crucial third week of the race which features key climbing stages and an individual time trial.
Nygaard added: "It's a big blow to team Saxo Bank. He was our team captain and was the man to organize tactics. He came here peaking perfectly so obviously he's gutted. It was his big objective of the season." Andy Schleck, whom Saxo Bank are hoping to lead towards the yellow jersey next week, said: He is one of the most important riders in the team, he was one of the captains who took important decisions.
"Now we are without him, there is not much else you can say. Crashes happen and sometimes you break things, he was unlucky today." His older brother Frank Schleck said: "It's a big hit for us to lose Kurt. It's going to hurt us for the race, not just losing a friend after ten days, that is a real bummer." With Tour organisers having banned radio communication between riders and team managers both for today's race and Friday's stage, Jens Voigt said the lack of information played only a minor role in the drama. "A motorbike hit a spectator who fell into the road, another rider went across his (Arvesen's) wheel and he crashed," said Voigt. "It was one of those things you can't foresee - the chaos was there. "The only bad thing was that it took us ten minutes to find out he had crashed and that was by someone in another team. "With a radio we would have known that straight away, what happened, if he's good, if he's bad and whether he will come back into the peloton."
Tour of Missouri Is Back On
Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that he has changed his decision
to withhold funds for the Tour of Missouri. The race is back on! He was bombarded with a grassroots campaign from cyclists to keep
the funding for the race and the media picked up that there were
political reasons rather than budgetary reasons for withholding funding. The Kansas City Star has the story