It's not a Tour without some Heartbreak
July 3, 2013 7:06 AM Subscribe
posted by fredericsunday (28 comments total)
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, everyman cyclist from New Hampshire and Middlebury
Alum, riding with a separated shoulder
, was cut from the 100th Edition of the Tour de France
after missing the time cut during the Team Time Trial by 7 seconds.A colorful cyclist with a large fan base
, this was Ted's first time riding the Tour de France.
Many in the cycling community believe this sends the wrong message by not respecting hard work and suffering, especially in today's cleaner sport.
Ted's Fans, taking to Twitter and other forms of Social Media, lobbied Cycling's Governing Body, the UCI
, in very creative ways
, urging them to allow Ted to continue.
In prior years, certain groups of Sprinters have been allowed to continue
even when falling outside the time cut limit.
Alas, the Race Organizers did not bend the rules and Ted did not start the race this morning.