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Michael Barry on the Rider Protest

No Basso waffle here.  Barry doesn't mince words.  In fact, his is the most candid account I've heard so far

On Sunday, in Milan, the peloton uniformly decided the course was too dangerous for a race. We were scared...the course was designed to show the historic sites in Milan with little thought put into the safety of the course.

For our decision to parade through the first hours of the race, cautiously riding through the streets, we were called, “lazy” by the media, organizations and directors. How easy it is to make decisions that affect our lives from a car seat, behind a television or a grandstand. I thought of my boys at home, my wife and parents and prayed I didn’t have to take the risks the organization and teams were asking of us. Riders have died in races I have ridden; not because of the risks they took but because of courses that didn’t protect the cyclists.

Cycling is a spectacle that doesn’t need to become a circus to draw attention. And, when a race decides to increase the dangers to draw interest, we need to decide whether we are athletes or clowns.

 

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