Drawing pins on the road during stage 14
One thing with the Tour de France is that all sorts of shit can happen – not all of it strictly related to bike racing. Today some tool slat a load of drawing pins on the road. Cadel Evans hoovered up most of them.
After his first puncture, the current champion was left flapping around at the top of the Mur de Peguere waiting for a team mate to arrive and donate their bike. Eventually Steve Cummings appeared, but unfortunately, he too had a flat. When Evans did eventually get up and running again, he quickly acquired another drawing pin.
Bradley Wiggins tried to slow his group to let Evans catch up, but Pierre Rolland was having none of it. He launched himself off the front, pursued by some robust Antipodean language from the mouths of Michael Rogers and Richie Porte.
For a while after that, it was The World v Rolland with most people urging on the chasing pack. However, eventually Rolland relented. I guess Europcar had got on the blower to the team’s directeur sportif to point out that no-one wants to hire cars off a bunch of arseholes.
Luis Leon Sanchez won the stage after attacking the breakaway while Peter Sagan was foraging for some nosh. Apparently this is towards the paler end of the grey area of race etiquette – the kind of cheeky move wily old pros admire. Sagan was pretty nice about it and won a few more fans, if not the stage.