Tough Times in Cycling
One rider tries to secure a contract while another symbolically cuts away from it.
Velde. He’s the man, with his fourth place finish at the Tour de France, who can be credited for motivating Armstrong to return to racing. Vande Velde took out an electric saw and cut his Cervelo road bike in half in front of a cheering crowd. It was a symbolic gesture signifying his retirement from racing.
It had been a hard career, but one that will unfortunately always be footnoted with his six month suspension for doping. Maybe that's why he cut the Cervelo in half rather than doing something useful with it. Perhaps it was a metaphor for cutting away from his past and moving onto another chapter in his life.
But as I saw the blade slice through the top tube and then the bottom, I couldn’t think of how that was a colossal waste. There are many fans who would have liked to have bought that Cervelo and perhaps the money could have been donated to help the Colorado flooding victims, a junior program in his hometown of Chicago, or just about anything. It would have been a better way to punctuate his career - by doing something positive in return rather than destroying a piece of equipment that served him so well all these years.