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Hope security is tight at LeTour...(9 posts)

Hope security is tight at LeTour...ohmk1
Jun 27, 2002 4:30 AM
I was watching "Tour Encore" last night on OLN, and I realized how easily it may be for some sh!theads, to cause harm to the American riders. I really hope US Postal has taken some serious security measures to ensure the team's safety.
Like what?Wayne
Jun 27, 2002 4:35 AM
how in the world can you provide security that could protect the riders in any effective manner? They're riding 100+ miles on roads with thousands of spectators lining them or on isolated roads with no-one around (to stop a would be attacker). Any idiot with a machine gun could kill or wound a substantial number of riders before anyone could react to him. Talk about a soft target!
Like what?RadicalRonPruitt
Jun 27, 2002 4:48 AM
It would be so easy to hide out in the mountain stages. I have often thought about it. The one thing that keeps me thinking that it will never happen as a political statement against the US is that the US doesn't pay strong attention to cycling. The Olympic road race would be a much stronger target.
Like what?ohmk1
Jun 27, 2002 5:34 AM
That's the whole point!!!
No one will be paying strong attention to this race as a terrorist target. That's where cowards like to hit-where it'll be the least expected.
Don't you think causing harm to an all American team, on a global stage is so out of the question?
That's kind of like talking about flatting while on a ride.greg n
Jun 27, 2002 6:01 AM
You just don't do it!

Hopefully you haven't jinxed the Tour now.
That's kind of like talking about flatting while on a ride.ohmk1
Jun 27, 2002 6:38 AM
Superstitious, are you?
Do you have a lucky jersey too?
Just USPS?mr_spin
Jun 27, 2002 7:03 AM
There are American riders on Rabobank, Credit Agricole, Telekom, and CSC-Tiscali, too.

There's not much anyone can do. They can't banish the crowds. The riders can't wear suits of armor. Frankly, if anyone is scared to ride, they can stay home and hide under the bed. I doubt any rider, American or not, will walk away if given the chance.

All kinds of stuff happens at the Tour. In 2000, owners of a bar along the route threw hay bales in front of the ONCE team during the team time trial.

Who can forget Guerini crashing into the photographer on L'Alpe d'Huez?

Way back, I forget the year, a French fan tackled Eddy Merckx during the race.

Last year a crazy person drove their car into the crowd, killing one person.

Stop worrying about it and enjoy the race.
Just USPS?ohmk1
Jun 27, 2002 7:38 AM
You're right Bro, I should stop worrying about it. Unfortunately, a lot of us in NYC have this weird kind of paranoia lately, and I believe that's why I'm reacting this way towards the Tour.
Just American riders ...?PatC
Jun 27, 2002 7:44 AM
While any rider may be harmed, why should you be only concerned with US ones ?
But it's true that anything can happen...If someone really intends to cause harm,there's no preventing it.
Le Tour history has some weird and violent incidents in store, such as riders being assaulted at night, an Italian leader being stabbed or unpopular yellow jerseys being held by the crowd...but these took place decades ago.
So let's hope for the best !