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Orica-GreenEdge bus problem ā€œunfortunateā€, team says

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 29, 2013, 17:27,
Updated:
June 29, 2013, 18:50
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, June 29, 2013
Race:
Tour de France
The Orica GreenEDGE bus caused panic at the end of stage 1

The Orica GreenEDGE bus caused panic at the end of stage 1

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Goss crashed into barrier with 500 metres to go

The joke on Corsica this evening was that the first Tour de France stage was actually won by the Orica-GreenEdge team bus. The bus became lodged under the finish banner, being just a bit too tall to pass under. The team professed itself perplexed by the events.

“Obviously, this was a really unfortunate situation,” sport director Matt White said on the team website. “The bus was led under the finish gantry, and we took for granted that there was enough clearance. We’ve had this bus since we started the team, and it’s the same bus we took to the Tour last year."

"Our bus driver was told to move forward and became lodged under the finish gantry. He followed all instructions in the process that followed thanks to the hard work by ASO that allowed him to remove the bus before the finish. It was the best possible outcome given the situation.”

The team was able to come through the crash near the end safely, but its bad luck continued, as Matthew Goss was unable to compete for the win.

“Gossy managed to escape the first crash, but he clipped the barriers and went down about 500m from the line. The bunch had spread quite wide, and he ran out of road. He lost a bit of skin, but he should be fine other than. Obviously he’s not happy about crashing on the first day of the Tour, but he wasn’t the only one.”

 White approved of the decision to award the same time to all riders. “Absolutely. It’s always a fair decision to make if something completely outside the riders’ control impacts the race the way it did today. It was a very good decision, and it’s the safest thing for the riders.”

 

philpaque More than 1 year ago
steroids
Jeff41 More than 1 year ago
Has the bus been tested yet ?
dslacker More than 1 year ago
Bus was given a 20 second penalty and starts last tomorrow.
Bender6amer More than 1 year ago
So who's fault was this? The driver didn't check the height of the gantry, or race officials waved the bus through without looking?
chainstay9 More than 1 year ago
It sounds like the Gantry was lower than normal
Ryan Miller More than 1 year ago
It was technically the team's fault for deciding too late that they wanted the bus at the finish line thus the fine. It was the race officials fault for waving the bus through though. All buses are supposed to be at the finish line within 3 hours of the racers finishing and then the finish line banner is lowered. Since the bus was late the finish line had already been lowered and there was no clearance...had it been on time it would have made it through no problems.
danjo007 More than 1 year ago
the measurements on corsica are a bit different to everywhere else in the world ;-) it is definently not the bus drivers fault. from where he is sitting, he cannot even see where the roof will hit. if he was being waved through, then he can hardly be blamed for that. there will most likely be escape routes for high vehicles from now on regardless. Im a little suprised they were not doing that already.
malknight More than 1 year ago
I think the real issue - and why he was fined - was that he was late to the finish, so it all became a cluster trying to resolve it. If he'd been there on time their options would have been different. Instead they naffed around with instructions to the riders.
Fred53 More than 1 year ago
Gossy will never win a TDF stage, his best days are past and he's just not fast enough. Today he had a chance and fluffed it but he was nowhere to be seen before his crash anyway.
roberthightowerjr More than 1 year ago
where are all the tape measures in corsica?
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Orica GreenEdge was using English measurement, Corsica metric....:)
marginalgain More than 1 year ago
I think you mean imperial dude. Down in Australia we measure in terms of Kangaroos. That gantry is 8 Kangaroos high mate. OH yeah and centimetres and metres
tonebone73 More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know why the team were fined 2000 Swiss Francs if it wasn't their fault? Heard about this in another report.
Murali Parameswaran More than 1 year ago
Thats because they can. their toys, their rules/
Aus Sau More than 1 year ago
Wasn't their fault the bus was directed down the way it got stuck, but they were fined for arriving at the finish late
Blakeslee More than 1 year ago
It would be really funny if Green Edge outfits the bus with some yellow jersey decals before tomorrow's stage.
Rachel Dugdale More than 1 year ago
Contador has the pistol shot. Sagan has the running man. Orica riders now have the 'face buried in hands' gesture all for their own! [Go Gossy!!]