Alberto Contador pulled over by police on descent of Galibier - for riding without lights

Tour de France champ told he needs to show more lanterne rouge than maillot jaune

by Simon_MacMichael   June 17, 2011  

Alberto Contador wins Stage 9 of the 2011 Giro d Italia pic RCS Sport.jpg

As reported yesterday, the UCI has told the cycling world to be nice to Alberto Contador ahead of his defence of his Tour de France title next month, which comes before his appearance at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. That request came too late, however, to prevent the Saxo Bank-SunGard rider being pulled over by les flics earlier this week as he undertook a recce of the descent of the Galibier, which features in this year’s race.

The Spaniard’s offence? Well, with the road snaking through tunnels as it heads downwards off the pass, the French police stopped Contador to tell him that he needed to make himself visible to other road users, according to L’Equipe.

That put an end to the training ride, with Contador clambering into the team car to continue his journey down the mountain. We’re sure that Specialized, who supply the Danish ProTeam’s bikes, will be able to dig out a suitable set of lights for him from their range.
 

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Now I wonder if they'd have done the same to Thomas Voeckler? Bertie could be in for a torrid time from the French press and public in July.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1339 posts]
17th June 2011 - 14:31

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Perhaps he'll get the same treatment Robert Millar got in the '88 Tour: sent off course by gendarme, causing him to lose the stage. I do hope so.

But, cheat or not (you won't be surprised to hear that I favour the former), he is still a cyclist, and expecting riders to have lights on the off-chance they might go through a tunnel is ridiculous. Unlit tunnels should be approached with caution by motorists, then they'll see any cyclists thanks to their own headlights. And in this case, I assume there was an estate car not far behind 'Bert, with its lights on, and the shiny head of Mr. 60% behind the wheel.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
17th June 2011 - 16:11

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Perhaps he will be pulled over for speed traps, not having a working bell or insufficient tread on tyres too.

La Marmotte will be interesting if everyone has to carry lights with them.

If I was only half as good as I am in my own mind.

posted by JulesW [27 posts]
18th June 2011 - 2:25

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Descending the Gallibier ! i would have thought they would have booked him for speeding ! Would it have been raining he could have been done for water skiing in a public place !

Descended from the Gallibier towards Sestriere during the Monsoon type rains with centimetres of rain on the road as the traffic fought it's way off the mountain after the racers had passed ! Not an experience i would wish to repeat .

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posted by skippy [383 posts]
18th June 2011 - 11:34

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Typicaly french with 1 set of rules for them and a different set for everyone else. I watched le mans 24 audi a german car with english drivers went outside the white line with 2 wheels and got punished but when peogeut went out with 4 wheels not even an investigation. Its appalling

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18th June 2011 - 11:36

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culliep wrote:
Typicaly french with 1 set of rules for them and a different set for everyone else. I watched le mans 24 audi a german car with english drivers went outside the white line with 2 wheels and got punished but when peogeut went out with 4 wheels not even an investigation. Its appalling

It certainly is. Next thing you know, the home team in a World Cup Final will be awarded a goal after the ball hits the crossbar and clearly doesn't cross the line Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8034 posts]
18th June 2011 - 13:31

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On the Etape in 2006 the only advice for was to keep your sunglasses off for the tunnels between the Col D'Aubisque and the Col Du Solour. Mixed message?

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [279 posts]
18th June 2011 - 20:46

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I was lucky on the Tourmalet last year then? Mind you I was lucky enough to have a descending motorist who kindly stayed behind me..I think he was french too!

posted by adastra [8 posts]
22nd June 2011 - 11:03

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