"Apparently, the duel over winning the jersey for the best mountain climber may be more intense than expected. The two who got it on yesterday were Walter B[HTML_REMOVED]#233;n[HTML_REMOVED]#233;teau of Bouygues Telecom, whose teammate J[HTML_REMOVED]#234;rome Pineau is leading the mountains classification and Saunier Duval's David de la Fuente, who is second in the rankings. The two mixed it up previously, being fined for "irregular behaviour" on Wednesday.
Writing on www.sports1.de, CSC's Jens Voigt described the scene this way: "The two were riding next to each other and all of a sudden, the Spaniard hits B[HTML_REMOVED]#233;n[HTML_REMOVED]#233;teau full in the face! It was really loud, just like in a boxing match! B[HTML_REMOVED]#233;n[HTML_REMOVED]#233;teau's helmet and glasses practically flew off his head! He swerved, because of course he hadn't been expecting anything like that."
"Behind them everyone was shouting, 'Hey, are you crazy? If you're going to fight, go to the side of the road! Leave us out of your problems!' B[HTML_REMOVED]#233;n[HTML_REMOVED]#233;teau didn't blink an eye but went directly to the commissaire. I think that they will throw de la Fuente out of the race." "
"We've been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture"