Butt, butt, butt...
Stage 11 was a race for the sprinters. Mark Cavendish won the flat 114 mile race from Sisteron to Bourg-Lès-Valence– his third stage win in this year’s Tour de France. As they approached the finish line, Cav’s lead-out man Mark Renshaw butted his head three times onto the shoulder of Julian Dean, who was sprinting ahead of his Garmin teammate Tyler Farrar. Renshaw was kicked out of the Tour for his aggression. “This is a bike race, not a gladiator’s arena,” said one of the Tour’s top race officials.
Sprinters are a tenacious bunch, which makes the race finale exciting. Renshaw was surprised that he was disqualified. He said Dean got in his way. Farrar was blocked and finished in third place. “There should be more respect in the sprints,” said Farrar.
Tyler, don’t waste your time trying to win respect. It’s time to get revenge on the road.