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Crowd interference question.(6 posts)

Crowd interference question.cydswipe
Jul 14, 2003 10:34 AM
So, what happens if on a climb a rider is knocked off his bike? Someone hates Lance and attacks him. Is there a rule about crowd interference? My wife and I are watching stage 9 and she asked about security on the mountain stages. She saw all of the flag wavers and run-alongs up Alpe de' Huez. With Americans so beloved around the world, I don't want this of course, but what if some nut gets violent?
Jul 14, 2003 11:00 AM
If some nut gets violent, there is a problem. What you aren't seeing is that there actually is quite a bit of security in that crowd. Not enough to stop a well-planned attack, but enough. There is precedent too, Merckx was sucker-punched by somebody in the crowd (I think on Mt. Ventoux), and it did some real damage. There are also incidents of fans with cameras getting too close, etc. - but generally, the crowd polices itself pretty well.

In the event that something does happen, there is no compensation or concession to the attacked rider - it's just bad luck, like a pothole would be...
Woe to the guy who physically attacks Armstrong...eschelon
Jul 14, 2003 12:33 PM
I firmly believe that Armstrong is respected and liked enough that should anyone take the chance of messing with Armstrong, there will be at least a couple of people in that rabble crowd that will unleash a severe beating on that person who messed with Armstrong.
Yeah, but drunks don't think about things like that.Mel Erickson
Jul 14, 2003 1:38 PM
The consequences of their actions seldom stop their stupid behavior. They may get beat to a pulp but the affect on Armstrong and the race would be the same.
re: Crowd interference question.Bruno S
Jul 14, 2003 11:02 AM
not much to do. This is the way it is. Riders have been knocked down by accident and on purpose. Merckxs got punched in the gut once by a crazy spectator. There is also a lot of drinking going on.
Eddy Merckx was punched on stomach in '75cyclopathic
Jul 14, 2003 12:12 PM
when he lost and finished 2nd.

with respect to "Americans so beloved around the world" no it isn't entirely true: it is not americans it's their political leaders. But this is not cycling discussion.