Tour de France organisers show no mercy for injured King

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    Cannondale's Ted King shows his shoulder injuries after Stage 3 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Twitter).

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    The 2013 Tour de France continued today with a team time trial. Such a discipline was always going to prove difficult for injured riders to stay close to their teams, and for Ted King it was a step too far.

    The American Cannondale rider finished seven seconds outside the time limit, meaning he is not allowed to take the start for Stage 5.

    Tour de France race organisers ignored the pleas from his team.

    Cannondale made the point that King was riding with various injuries suffered from the crash which disrupted a big portion of the main field on Stage 1.

    King’s SRM meter reportedly showed a time that meant he would be able to stay in the race, however, the officials refused to re-consider.

    The Tour de France is renowned for letting individuals continue the race if they miss the cut by a matter of seconds, and the decision to expel the injured King has caused uproar.

    The most recent example of compassion shown by the organizers is when Jan Ghyselinck of Cofidis finished a few seconds out of time on a mountain stage of last year’s Tour.

    Ghyselinck was not suffering from any major injuries at the time.

    Various figures within cycling have took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the decision, and to voice their support for King including RadioShack-Leopard veteran Jens Voigt.

    Timmy Duggan echoed the messages, saying, “Ridiculous. Exceptions are made all the time.”

    There have so far been no organized protests by riders, and race director Jean-Francois Pescheux stated that “rules were rules” with a dismissive shrug when challenged about the incident.

    My opinion? Let King ride!

    Cannondale's Ted King shows his shoulder injuries after Stage 3 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Twitter).

    Cannondale’s Ted King shows his shoulder injuries after Stage 3 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Twitter).

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    • Columnist

      July 3rd 2013 @ 10:45am
      Sean Lee said | July 3rd 2013 @ 10:45am | ! Report

      Agreed Tom. He is showing enormous courage to just still be riding, he should be cut some slack! How many times has Cavendish finished outside the time limit on mountain stages and still been allowed to continue? Rules for some and not for others!

    • Columnist

      July 3rd 2013 @ 1:01pm
      Kate Smart said | July 3rd 2013 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

      Agreed. You’re quite right to point out Tom, that the race organisers are ‘selective’ in their interpretation of the rules and who they bend those rules for.

    • July 3rd 2013 @ 2:43pm
      Wes Sly said | July 3rd 2013 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

      Let King ride – give us something to believe in again. I’ve had a separated shoiulder (mountain biking) I couldn’t WALK home much less ride a time trial. They would have let Tiger Woods ride, for sure.

    • July 6th 2013 @ 8:59pm
      Cath Harris said | July 6th 2013 @ 8:59pm | ! Report

      If his name was Sagan, he would still be there…

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