Friday, July 16, 2010

Aussie headbutts: worse than the underarm?

It looks like another low blow in Trans-Tasman sporting relationships, with an Australian cyclist, Mark Renshaw headbutting a Kiwi, Julian Dean, in Stage 11 of the Tour-de-France. (Video footage is here).

Renshaw, Cavendish’s leadout man on HTC Columbia, rammed his head three times into the shoulder of Dean, the leadout man for Tyler Farrar on Garmin-Transitions, in an apparent bid to push him out of the way during the final sprint. Dean was leading the pack at the time. (Link)

The incident, on a stage more public even than the infamous Trevor Chappell underarm incident, is sure once again to throw the spotlight on what it is that constitutes the true character of Australian sporting identity.

Posted by steve at 09:19 AM


  1. Have you ever tried to headbutt someone when you’re riding a bike? Head tap more than a butt. But it’s a long bow to draw to say the incident is any guide to “the true character of Australian Sporting identity!” Hey but what do I know? I’m a Scot and we’ve not won anything for a long time. Shalom to all by Kiwi brothers and sisters.

    Comment by Tony Duncan — July 21, 2010 @ 11:01 am

  2. Tony,

    Kiwis and aussies are always razzing each other about sport – this seemed another good stir,


    Comment by steve — July 21, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

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