The Tour de France has begun with unprofessionalism beyond category
Bus sandwiches, disrespect for a former Tour champion, and funny glasses were all on the menu. Tour de France viewers and spectators yesterday experienced what may have been the most unprofessional and disorganized start of a Tour de France in its entire history.
valuable lead seconds he rightfully earned yesterday, while other general classification favorites and outsiders such as Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) should have been punished for sitting far back in the peloton, arriving at the Tour in deep and inappropriate slumber. Evans' professionalism turned out to be worthless, because Tour jury and organizers didn't possess the courage needed to make the right decision. Insted they favored the interests of the event over the interests of a former Tour de France champion and World Champion.
Speaking of slumber, while I mostly enjoy and respect professional riders' decisions to let loose and relax behind the scenes, Hesjedal's decision to ride stage 1 of the Tour de France wearing "funny glasses" showed his apparent disrespect for the Tour, the team sponsors and the many fans who are following the former Giro d'Italia Champion in this year's Tour and who may have taken their savings to the bookmaker in recent weeks to bet on him winning the Tour.
We won't forget the footage of Hesjedal wearing funny glasses while two Garmin-Sharp riders were working hard to bring him back to the peloton after he crashed because he had chosen to assume the large crash risk, which comes with slumbering at the back of the peloton. Perhaps, however, yesterday's bus incident and time neutralization proved Hesjedal right when it comes to disrespect for the Tour de France? Tomorrow's stage 2 of the 2013 Tour de France ends in Ajaccio, birth town of Napoleon Bonaparte. He's surely rotating in his grave. Perhaps a French rider will change his mind later today.
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