File this under “you gotta be fucking shitting me.”
Bjarne Riis has removed Andy Schleck and Stuart O’Grady from the Vuelta a Espana after the pair violated team rules by drinking alcohol after dinner.
Don’t worry fellas, we got a spot on the squad for men like yourselves. Drink after dinner? Highly encouraged if not outright mandatory. Allowances made, of course, for those on the wagon and so forth.
Seems our boys were kicking it late night, and the issue at hand was more that simply “drinking alcohol after dinner.”
Saxo Bank team manager Bjarne Riis has revealed that he sent Andy Schleck and Stuart O’Grady home from the Vuelta a España because they stayed out until 5 a.m. last night. The duo were withdrawn by their team ahead of today’s stage 10 from Tarragona to Vilanova i la Geltrú.
“They haven’t respected the rules of the team,” Riis said after the stage. “Whether it’s one glass or ten, at 5 a.m., it’s inexcusable. I’ve done what I had to do. The rules of the team are the same for everyone. We are professionals and we have to act professionally. I had to take this decision. It’s up to them to assume the consequences of what they’ve done.”
If you have won Paris-Roubaix, you can stay out till dawn as far as I’m concerned. Just sayin’…by