Just caught up with today’s stage on the dee-vee-yar.
“According to the medical report, Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) suffered a broken collarbone due to a crash around the tacks, and American Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was treated for road rash at the same point on the road.” Full story here.
Poor Levi. Seriously. He’s a good dude who is just not having the Tour he wanted. I’m sure that goes for a lot of riders who have been suffering since June 30th, but Americans certainly have a special place in my heart and I always want to see them do well no matter which color lycra they are being paid to wear.
The dude from Astana, however, who is now out of the Tour completely with an injury caused by the malicious intent of some shithead, or shitheads as the case may be.
I don’t know why people think it’s funny when cyclists fall. Sure, if you see someone being cocky you may delight when karma smacks them around a bit. But to maliciously jeopardize the lives of others by your actions is more than willfull neglegence – it’s down right dangerous. The Tour is lucky that the worst injuries were a broken collar bone, Levi’s epidermus and Cadel’s pride. Those decents are serious shit.
People can die out there.
People can die on the roads around home, too. This whole thing reminded me of something a coworker said to me about sharing the road – or not – last summer. She asked why cyclists feel they’re entitled to ride on roads with no shoulders. She knows I ride a bike, and I couldn’t read her tone to tell if she was asking a serious question or just trying to get under my skin. It was the latter. I told her that my initial answer was because cyclists pay taxes and are as entitled to using the road as anyone else. Her response was to tell me that what she really likes to do is pull infront of the offending rider and clean her windshield, no doubt spraying the unsuspecting rider in the process.
At this point, I walked away. We don’t get along.
I didn’t write about it back then because I didn’t want to spread her idea. It’s mean spirited and can actually hurt people as a result, but seeing the impact of what that/those shithead/shitheads did in France earlier today reminded me of it.
Just share the road and be nice to your fellow humans. Please. It’s not funny. It’s not going to take too much time or energy to disregard your own selfishness and consider how your actions might impact others.
Karma will thank you.