In Tour’s Fifth Stage, a Focus on a Rider Who Is No Longer in the Race

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Have you ever noticed how self-important rule makers and governing bodies can be? Here are some excerpts from a soon-to-be-forgotten story about a rider who won’t finish the Tour de France.

“But not even a victory by Cavendish, the world’s best sprinter, could take the focus Wednesday from Ted King, who did not even race in the stage, a 142-mile ride along the Mediterranean coast.”

“King, an American riding for the Cannondale team, had been removed from the Tour by race organizers the night before, after finishing seven seconds over the time limit for the day’s stage, a 15.5-mile team time trial around Nice.”

“But Tour officials can reinstate a rider if there are extenuating circumstances, which many in the sport felt existed in King’s case. They argued that the pileup he was involved in Saturday could be attributed to a series of decisions made by race organizers after the Orica-GreenEdge bus became stuck under the finish line gantry.”

Contrast with the PGA decision to reinstate Tiger Woods after signing the wrong scorecard at the Masters, a mistake that was not solely his.

The wreck that made Ted King finish outside the deadline was also a mistake not solely his. Indeed, the Tour organizers might have caused it.

Here’s an answer Ted: be more famous like Tiger and the TV people will take up your case, meanwhile don’t expect governing bodies to think of anything other than their self importance.

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