Sorry, I completely disagree on this one:
"2nd rate" riders are allowed their freedom to work too.
Whether or not the suit is "BS" and will "never produce results" is not for Armstrong himself to determine on the road to Lons-le-Saunier.
Simeoni did not accuse Armstrong specifically, but rather commented on experiences he claims to have had relative to Dr. Ferrari, doping, etc.
Armstrong then, in an Italian interview, called Simeoni a liar.
Simeoni then filed a lawsuit against Armstrong in Italy, for libel.
Overreaction? Perhaps. But that case and disagreement is in a court of law.
Yesterday, instead, Armstrong acted like a strongman bully, and used his power in the peloton to threaten and humiliate a fellow rider. It is unprecedented that a yellow jersey wearer chases down a guy in 114th position, talks to him, and tells him not to ride in a breakaway. No matter what Simeoni said, the TdF is not the appropriate "battleground" for Armstrong to engage any other rider in that manner.
If Armstrong disagrees with Simeoni, he should contest that in court, not on the roads of the Tour, denying another rider (relatively minor or not) the chance to ride his own race.
I found it arrogant, crass and stupefying behavior, not the behavior of a "champion".
"Protecting the interests of the peloton"? That is not Lance Armstrong's job, nor is it his anointed role, and certainly not at the expense of another rider, no matter what he thinks of himself, or how many riders he says/thinks "congratulated" him on his disgusting behavior. Does anyone really believe Pippo Simeoni can and will "destroy cycling"? This maneuver was not the enactment of a belief in "freedom of speech" or "freedom of opinion"; rather it was a demonstration of bully tactics by an arrogant and powerful personage. Many associations to this kind of behavior can be drawn, and none are good.