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What's up Sunday's finish?(3 posts)

What's up Sunday's finish?hycobob
Jul 28, 2003 2:35 PM
At the line Cooke falls into McEwen and takes the second place sprint points for the green jersey. Looks like that could easily have gone the otherway without Cooke's shoulder holding him back! I've seen races where Mario Cipollini was called to task and denied the sprint...why no outcry here??? Whether Cooke intended to hold McEwen back or not isn't at issue. He did by falling into him.
where's the line? looked too late to matter, to me nmDougSloan
Jul 28, 2003 2:38 PM
thrust modemohair_chair
Jul 28, 2003 2:48 PM
They were both in "thrust" mode, where they thrust or throw their bikes ahead to reach the line. It's not the most stable riding position so they ended up leaning on each other. It's no big deal in a sprint like this. They both held their lines and there was no obvious interference.

I didn't read any public complaints from either rider, which is telling, because McEwen loves to shoot off his mouth when he thinks he's been wronged. McEwen did ask the jury to look at it, and they did, seven or eight times.

Read this, from cyclingnews.com:

Team sprinter Robbie McEwen was short in his comments after the race, visibly disappointed but accepting defeat in a sporting way. "Last year it was the other way around and that was fantastic," he told TV1. "Now I am the one to see the other side of the medal. I was beaten fairly by a stronger Cooke."

Lotto director Marc Sergeant said "Robbie went and asked the jury to review the images. When I looked at it, first all I saw was how Cooke swerved to the left of the road a little bit, with Robbie in his wheel and he leaned against Robbie on the line; but then when I was looking at the images more concentrated, you can see Robbie actually went looking for Cooke. So yeah, the results weren't altered."