Dimension Data rider grateful for assistance after crash Dimension Data’s Tyler Farrar borrowed shoes and a bike from a fan to ensure he completed today’s Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under to stay in the race.
With his team car and neutral service support already up the road, the American, left bloodied and scarred by the crash, gratefully accepted the offer of help from 42-year-old New Zealander Anthony Tooman, reports Adelaide Now (link is external) .
The assistance contravened a UCI rule that says that “riders may only receive technical support from the technical personnel of their team or from one of the neutral support cars or else from the broom wagon.”
However, the commissaries decided not to sanction the American, who finished the stage on the De Rosa bike 13 minutes 7 seconds behind winner Simon Gerrans of Orica-GreenEdge, because of exceptional circumstances.
Mr Tooman, who went to the end of the stage in the broom wagon, said: “We could see him on the side of the road and asked ‘do you need a wheel?’ and he said ‘nah, a wheel is not going to cut it.’
“Then it went to ‘well, what pedals are you running?’“He was on Speedplay and […]