The Tour de France is underway in the French countryside, and I’m so stinkin’ excited I could bust. Check out more info here.
But not all is well in the land of buff cyclists and sunflowers.
It’s very sad when corporations have more pull than good old fashioned sportsmanship.
Before the team time trial of the Tour de France, American David Zabriskie was leading the legendary Lance Armstrong by two seconds. Armstrong’s Discovery Team crossed the line with the fastest average speed ever on that stretch of road.
Zabriskie’s CSC team started behind Discovery, and looked to have the pace to capture the stage win. But it wasn’t to be as Zabriskie, who had been riding like a madman in his yellow jersey, crashed with a mile and a half to go. CSC lost by two seconds, and Zabriskie lost his jersey to Lance.
Lance decided to stick to tour tradition the following day by not wearing the yellow jersey to show respect for his friend Zabriskie. He knew he didn’t win the jersey outright, and because of that, he had no right to be wearing it.
He got as far as the neutral zone before race officials stopped him and told him to put the jersey on. According to the “rules,” the leader must wear the jersey. Tour sponsors have their names on that jersey, and pay big bucks for it to be there. Rather than get thrown out of the Tour, Lance put on the jersey. There was a day when tradition and respect for a competitor meant something, but at the Tour de France, corporate greed was the only winner that day.