Mark Renshaw Expelled From Tour de France For Headbutting Julian Dean (Video)
The bad blood has continued to boil at the 2010 Tour de France. This time it was Mark Renshaw and Julian Dean battling it out (literally) down the stretch during Thursday’s 11th stage, which was won by Mark Cavendish.
Renshaw, who is the lead-out man for Cavendish’s HTC Columbia team, has since been expelled from the Tour for repeatedly attempting to headbutt Dean, the lead-out man for Tyler Farrar’s Garmin-Transitions team. With Dean looking to pass, Renshaw struck the New Zealand rider three times with his head in order to prevent that from happening. That illegal act was enough to allow Renshaw’s teammate, Cavendish, to make his move and sprint to the finish line ahead of the rest of the pack.
Cavendish was quick to defend his teammate, stating the Renshaw simply “fought to prevent the lane from being closed on him.” However, course-director Jean-Francois Pescheux saw things differently.
“This is cycling, it’s not wrestling,” course director Jean-Francois Pescheux said. He said removing Renshaw was “severe” punishment, but that his violation was “flagrant.”
“There are rules to respect.” [TSN.ca]
Last week riders were beating each other with tires. This week they are headbutting one another. Since when did the Tour de France turn into the WWE?