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Stage 10 - Wednesday, July 14 2010, Chambéry - Gap, 179 km

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The Barb said:
What the hell was that from Armstrong?

Does he have some vendetta with Dimitri Champion? Has Champion spoken out against drug use in cycling or something?

That was odd.

Missed it what went down?
 
It reminded me of one of the latter stages in the Tour a few years back when there was a rider in the break (I can't remember his name) who had spoken out against doping. Armstrong, who was in yellow at the time charged out of the peloton and bridged to the break. Once he got there everyone knew the break had no chance and Armstrong said he would only drop back if the rider who had spoken out also dropped back to the peloton.

The message was clear ... speak out and I'll do what I can to make sure you never win.

Nasty, vindictive stuff.
 
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The Barb said:
It reminded me of one of the latter stages in the Tour a few years back when there was a rider in the break (I can't remember his name) who had spoken out against doping. Armstrong, who was in yellow at the time charged out of the peloton and bridged to the break. Once he got there everyone knew the break had no chance and Armstrong said he would only drop back if the rider who had spoken out also dropped back to the peloton.

The message was clear ... speak out and I'll do what I can to make sure you never win.

Nasty, vindictive stuff.

That was Simeoni.
 
Mar 11, 2009
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The Barb said:
Champion darted out of the peloton to try and bridge to the break and Armstrong chased him down very agressively. Angry words and gestures were exchanged.

Seriously? What the hell, man. Does that guy never get tired of being a dick?
 
The Barb said:
Champion darted out of the peloton to try and bridge to the break and Armstrong chased him down very agressively. Angry words and gestures were exchanged.
Any chance Lance was just trying to get into the breakaway and Champion thinking he was ruining his chances? From your description that's not what it sounds like, but I'm not watching it so I wouldn't know.
 
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The Barb said:
Cheers for that.

If I remember correctly, when Simeoni did drop back he was abused and spat on by a number of riders ... Pipo Pozatto being one. Retired not long after.

Not cool.

Simeoni was effectively black-balled and bullied out of the sport by Armstrong.