Mark Renshaw of HTC-Columbia, has been given le-boot today after doing a little headbutting in the final stretch. Personally, I think this punishment is too harsh and complete bullshit. Garmin rider Julian Dean made an attempt to squeeze up the side and force Renshaw off his line, but he held it and gave a lil something back. You think he’ll just move over or brake for ‘ol limp wrist Farrar to come alongside? Fuck that! Hold your line and lean on the fugger. Send him back to the bus to watch tape of how once again Garmin got schooled. Dudes are riding along at over 38mph, touching handlebars, leaning and pushing back and this is to be expected. Now, the organizers will let two riders throw fist-a-cuffs and use a spare wheel as a weapon and walk with a paltry fine, but they give Renshaw the boot? This is a bit extreme.
Australian Mark Renshaw was disqualified from the Tour de France today for his aggressive actions in the sprint finish of the 11th stage to Bourg-les-Valence. The HTC-Columbia lead out man for Cavendish had help the Manxman win three stages in this year’s race.
Race director Jean-Francois Pescheux reviewed the film, which shows Renshaw repeatedly head-butting Garmin-Transitions man Julian Dean, who was leading out Tyler Farrar. The move delayed Farrar’s ability to sprint.
“Renshaw hit [Dean] with his head, much like in a keirin. But we are in the sport of cycling, we’re not in combat. They all could have ended up on their backs tonight. We can not accept that.”
You make the call, but I think the two bitches slapping each other after the finish deserved an early exit long before Renshaw did.
UPDATE: Here’s the aerial shot from the Lance Channel. Click on the link and watch the vid…Time 1:39-1:45. Watch as Dean clearly leans on and pushes Renshaw to the left. Dean also places his elbow over Renshaw’s and starts leaning away. Rubin’s racing, Harry and Dean got his. Now, also watch as riders behind are moving around more than a fart in a wind tunnel. Fuggers are going right, left and all over the place. Thor moves over on an AG2R rider towards the barricade. A Rabobank rider forces a Sky rider very close to the barricade…Bbox rider moves over on Thor…Fuck people, this is a sprint. Too sketchy for ya? Move to the back.by