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July 24, 2003

cyclingnews.com | Bradley McGee : Don't believe the spectators

Bradley McGee has updated his rider's diary at cyclingnews.com, to include the last climbs on Stage 16:

Plenty of fog up high in the mountains today, perfect for when you do not really want to see how much more climbing there is to go. However, the ever-present and ever-motivated fans will attempt to provide roadside guidance about the remaining kilometers. I am sure there is a mathematical formula that could be used to change a spectator's length of exaggeration into fact.

"Cinq cent metres les gars, seulment cinq cent metres et c'est fini!" ["Five hundred metres to the top; only five hundred metres and it's over"] And they can be so believable. Belief shrinks into spiteful nastiness when you turn a corner to get the Tour's official sign saying "1km GPM". But, come the descent, I love the spectators again - and all their blatant bullshitting.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 24, 2003 in Rider diaries | Permalink


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