Episode 1223: Tour De France Goes Full WWE Survivor Series, Clare’s All-Ireland Winning Captain On How To Handle Galway, Victor Hugo On Spitting
Even by the usual standards of the Tour de France, this year’s edition has been pretty crazy. Yesterday’s protests by French farmers ended up with road-blocks, some cyclists getting pepper-sprayed by police, and a man falling down a ravine, as well as the general chaos and anger which has ensued since Chris Froome was cleared to ride.
The French public don’t like him, they don’t like Sky, and Dave Brailsford isn’t exactly a big fan of spectators spitting on his riders. We get the low-down on all this lunacy from Cillian Kelly of Irish Peloton, who says the TDF has always been insane, but this year its moved to another level.
Brailsford blames Tour de France roadside reactions on ‘a French cultural thing’
Armstrong’s advice to Brailsford: “Dave man put the fucking shovel down and get back in the bus and shut up. He’s not doing his riders any … he gets to sit in the bus, he gets to sit in the car. His guys have to ride through these people that he’s … is he out of his mind?”
— ciaran lennon (@ciaranlennon) July 24, 2018
So what happens today if a Team Sky rider is attacked by a French road side fan?
We all blame Brailsford for provoking it with his comments, right? And Brailsford gets to say ‘see? I told you. It’s the French. They must be stopped!’ It’s all very Trumpian.#TDF2018 — Cillian Kelly (@irishpeloton) July 24, 2018
Galway and Clare is the first of the All-Ireland hurling semi-finals on Saturday, and Clare’s All-Ireland winning captain from 2013 Patrick Donnellan talks to us about the renewed confidence in the county, David V Goliath tactics, and punching Galway in the face – metaphorically speaking, of course.
Plus there’s Nicky English’s hurling pedigree, TG4 concern, Davy Fitz’s moans of pleasure, Victor Hugo on Team Sky, and Ravine v Man – the ultimate contact sport.
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Mesut Özil has quit the German national team and issued a four-page statement that concludes “I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”
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