Leblanc scared by fans on Alpe

Tour boss Jean-Marie Leblanc was shocked and scared by the behaviour of some fans during the Alpe d'

Tour boss Jean-Marie Leblanc was shocked and scared by the behaviour of some fans during the Alpe d'
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Jean-Marie Leblanc, director of the Tour de France, spoke out on Wednesday in support of Lance Armstrong who had complained about the fans on the climb of Alpe d'Huez en route to his stage win. At the finish, Armstrong made clear his feelings about the wisdom of staging a time trial on the climb, and admitted to being afraid about there being so many people at the roadside. "I understand why Armstrong was scared because, with so many people on the route, I was scared too," admitted Leblanc. "I must say that I was relieved when we finally got to the section that was protected by crowd barriers [7km from the top of the climb]." Some of the German supporters on the Alpe were criticised in particular. Jens Voigt of CSC, himself a German, told how some of them were shouting "Judas" at him, in reference to him helping Armstrong's US Postal squad chase down fellow German Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) when he went on the attack on Tuesday's 15th stage [see separate story]. Armstrong was particularly scathing about the German fans, calling them "disgusting". "I understand, too, what he said about German supporters being abusive," Leblanc said, "because I saw two morons spit on him."
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