July 04, 2005
McEwen: "I can forget winning the green jersey now"
Naturally, Robbie McEwen isn't happy about getting DQ'ed in the sprint finish today at Tours:
The officials think that I was leaning on O'Grady," said McEwen. "We're going as fast as possible and neither of us wants to fall. I can see that his arm is in front of me and I can't get through. He was trying to get in Boonen's slipstream, but I was already in Boonen's slipstream.
"It's not a problem if we touch, but when he put his arm against me, I couldn't keep my balance. But the officials don't understand the physics of a sprint.
"We might have had 20 people on the road if we had slipped. It's part of a sprint and I don't really see why I have been disqualified when I just didn't want to fall. I think it was a bad decision - I didn't do anything wrong."
Personally, it looked like McEwen was playing a little eye-for-an-eye, and stayed over on O'Grady a lot longer than necessary to restore any momentary imbalance.
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McEwen is crazy. He was virtually headbutting O'Grady out of the way - not once, but twice!
Posted by: Andrew at Jul 4, 2005 4:14:25 PM
McEwen is always hyper competitive. Which isn't always necessarily a bad thing. Just needs to be channelled better.
Posted by: Devans at Jul 4, 2005 6:04:42 PM
I agree with every statement above.
RM clearly crossed the fine line. Nothing more.
Posted by: matthew at Jul 4, 2005 7:11:00 PM
Looking at the video on OLN, O'Grady seems to aggressively close the door on McEwen which results in McEwen defending himself...a bit extreme perhaps to relegate a guy when an opponent swerves on purpose in the last 50m??
Posted by: Dogbone at Jul 4, 2005 7:23:56 PM
Robbie is a nut! I cannot stand the little Napoleonic half pint. He needs to be relegated from cycling!
Posted by: Andrew at Jul 5, 2005 10:31:07 AM
what do the different colour jersey signify?
Posted by: lara at Jul 4, 2006 6:35:36 AM
Lara, the green jersey goes to the rider who accumulates the most points at intermediate sprint lines and finishing lines.
The polka-dot jersey goes to the rider who accumulates the most points going over the top of Tour climbs.
The white jersey goes to the rider under 25 with the lowest overall time.
And of course, the yellow jersey goes to the rider with the lowest overall time.
If a single rider holds more than one jersey, the rider in 2nd place in that competition wears it, which is why George Hincapie wore the green jersey during Stage 1.
This year, the Tour also is awarding yellow race numbers to the team that's leading the team competition and red race numbers to the single rider who was judged "most combative" in the previous day's stage.
Posted by: TdFblog's Frank at Jul 4, 2006 9:24:40 AM