July 15, 2003
Baden Cooke believes he nipped Robbie McEwen in the first intermediate sprint today, and can't believe the intermediate sprints don't rate line cameras, as are used to determine stage winners:
"I believe I won the first (intermediate) sprint ahead of Robbie. We both went for it and I believe I got my wheel over the line just ahead of him but they gave it to him instead.
"I'm pretty pissed off at that. I don't understand - it's the Tour de France so why don't they have line cameras?
"I remember even last year it was the same when there were a few close calls between Robbie and (Erik) Zabel."
Cooke was so angry about the decision that after the stage he went to see the line judge.
However after watching a video cassette of the sprint, just 10km into the stage at Tallard, the race officials upheld their initial decision.
Cooke, who managed to get his own back on McEwen by pipping him in the finish line sprint to grab 16 points, to the Queenslander's 15, now holds a nine-point lead over McEwen in the points standings.
The Tour de France was boring and took up valuble t.v time watching it. the simpsons is better.
Posted by: Bob Johnson at Jul 30, 2003 2:42:34 AM