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To the guy who grabbed di Luca....

...get a mental check up, douche. You and all of the other bang up nut cases who have stand on the side of the mountain climbs with no impulse control; you just have to touch your heroes. Find your local Jesus impersonator and touch him and stay the F**K away from professional cycling.
 
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Several months ago, it was vogue to lambaste the american cycling public for their boorish behavior during the Tour of California.

Of course, those of us without an axe to grind ignored such rants, knowing that whereever one goes, one can find idiotic antics by so called cycling fans.

I only wish Di Luca had connected with his swing... without disrupting his ride, of course.:)
 
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benpounder said:
Several months ago, it was vogue to lambaste the american cycling public for their boorish behavior during the Tour of California.

Of course, those of us without an axe to grind ignored such rants, knowing that whereever one goes, one can find idiotic antics by so called cycling fans.

I only wish Di Luca had connected with his swing... without disrupting his ride, of course.:)
I wasn't here at the ToC times, but what I saw there was much more than what I have ever seen in Giro or Tour. No axe to grind for me, but it did really struck me odd, as if there were more attention seekers than cycling fans on those California roads.

Feel free to lambaste me. :p
 
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That bloke was a bit bizzaire, though, wasn't he? Tapping Di Luca on the back in a sort of "I have something to tell you" sort of way while Di Luca was obviously concentrating on something a tad more important.
 
Except the ToC showed American fans are considerably more obese, which can cause a larger obstacle on the roadway. ;)

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Alpe d'Huez said:
Except the ToC showed American fans are considerably more obese, which can cause a larger obstacle on the roadway. ;)
Obese, but fit. There were some remarkable running efforts on the ToC roadsides.
 
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I saw several riders get slapped on the back, but only di Luca reacted to it (okay the guy did touch the front of his arm instead of his back, but it's not like he grabbed him). I think a combination of working in the red and his frustration at losing so much time caused him to overreact, and the guys' stature and pink hat open him up for all kinds of personal attacks, when his actions are pretty common in the GTs.

I was more worried about the guy holding out the two litre water bottle that came inches from hitting just about every rider. Like any of them are going to grab the extra 5 lbs in a TT :rolleyes:
 
nathanbloke said:
That bloke was a bit bizzaire, though, wasn't he? Tapping Di Luca on the back in a sort of "I have something to tell you" sort of way while Di Luca was obviously concentrating on something a tad more important.

I thought he tapped him on the front of his left arm, so the pressure from the fan's dip-sh*tery was actually going contrary to Di Luca's desperately slow momentum (since it was on the climb). And it was more of a full-handed pat. I'm sure that, considering his precarious situation on the GC at the time, Di Luca was not happy with any force pushing him back, regardless of how minimal it was.

And as for Di Luca's angry swat in return: not much of a boxer, is he? I would love to see one of these moron fans try this with Theo Bos.

Requesting the clip of the motorcycle running over a fan in the Tour a couple of years ago.
 
I love conversations like these and it always makes me laugh when folks use the topic to slam bores and ugly Americans. Americans didn't start all the costumes and running along with the riders not to mention obstructing the race and so what anyways. One of the best things about cycling is the fact that it goes right to the people and the people are part of the "parade."

Di Luca can be ****ed as any other rider but any sport needs its fans and fans come in all types. He should be glad they aren't laying nails across the road like French fans did almost a hundred years ago or getting cold cocked like eddie mercx did.

Everyone slammed the antler guy for running with an American flag last year at the Vuelta but look at Alpe d'Huez and you'll see flags from every country.

As long as cycling doesn't start attract nationalistic hooligans it's all good in my book. I just think of fans as animated road furniture.


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