Tour de France Stage 11 spoilers below the photo of Andy Schleck in the Yellow Jersey during Stage 11.
You’ve seen the video (it’s embedded below if you haven’t) of Mark Renshaw head butting Julian Dean of Garmin-Transitions at the finish of today’s Stage 11. Renshaw was running interference for his teammate Mark Cavendish. Julian Dean was working to clear the path to the finish line for his teammate Tyler Farrar
Renshaw and his team, HTC-Columbia, believe his actions are justified as part of the game of winning in a hotly contested sprint finish. Tour officials disagree, and removed Renshaw from the Tour.
What do you think?
Cyclocosm posted this video and synopsis of “How the Race Was Won” in a Tour de France preview that explains the rules of what is and what is not allowed in a bunch sprint.
The UCI’s rules on what it is and isn’t ok to do in a sprint are both poorly-written, and enforced in a less-than-literal fashion. Drawing on some notable sprint rulings of the past decade, this How The Race Was Won examines exactly what you can and can’t get away with in the final rush to the line.
Cavendish doing it again for his 3rd win in the 2010 Tour de France.
- Video: Butthole sports journalist trying to get a rise out of Cavendish after the Stage 11 finish.
- Craig Lewis blog: Easy Stage 11 Turns Wild at the Finish
- Bike Intelligencer asks if Tyler Farrar was cheated of a victory today by the head butting. Farrar placed third today.
- Podium Cafe: Mark Renshaw DQ.
- Bicycle.net: Renshwa thrown off for headbutting
- CN: Renshaw kicked out.
- James Raia: Rider of the Day: Chris Horner.
Next: Stage 12: Bourge-de-Peage → Mende.