...[snip]...I heard some german fans spit at Lance. I would think that would merit a knuckle sandwich.
"....I don't t know that that is such a good thing for the Tour de France. I don't think it is safe. I think you'd agree. I'm sure the organizers agree."
He was correct. Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc admitted to being startled by fans' behavior on L'Alpe d'Huez on Wednesday, adding that he was shocked by the behavior of some of the estimated 900,000 fans alongside the road.
Leblanc said the swarming crowds on the twisting climb frightened him, to say nothing of the riders, who were forced to weave through groups of excited fans who jumped out into the road.
"I was scared, too, and I felt relieved when we reached the section with barriers," Leblanc told Reuters. "Until this morning, everybody thought this time trial was a good idea, and now we realized it was not so. There were lots of aggressive fans surrounding the riders, and I even saw two idiots spit at Lance Armstrong."
"Unfortunately," he added, "I doubt you can put barriers on the 14 kilometers of the climb."