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Tour boss Jean-Marie Leblanc is not happy with them, and lots of former riders believe they are contributing to a lack of spontaneity in the racing at this year’s Tour. They are, of course, earpieces.
While it is hard to refute the argument that the use of earpieces means that team cars now have to spend less time going back and forth through the bunch to give instructions to riders, thereby increasing the safety of riders, the Tour does seem to have become a huge chess game, with team managers moving their directing their on-road pawns via the omni-present earpieces.
The arguments for and against are many and varied, but are neatly summed up in a piece in the Guardian setting the anti-earpiece proponent Marc Madiot against Phonak boss John Lelangue in the pro camp – of course the fact that Phonak makes the gadgets has nothing to do with Lelangue’s stance.
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