“I’ll fix that guy,” was probably what Alberto Contador’s mechanic as thinking when he doored a spectator who tried to punch his rider during the uphill time trial. Instead, he got himself into a fix.
Giro officials expelled Faustino Muñoz from the race and asked Saxo Bank to return his accreditation. The name Fausto should have been a clue. A Faustian bargain is when an ambitious person cuts a deal with the devil and surrenders moral integrity in order gain power or success.
Faustino, here’s the deal: you can’t whack people with car doors at races. He probably felt he had to take immediate action because while Contador does have bodyguards, they can’t run behind him that fast.
Now, on one hand we appreciate his sense of loyalty and you can be sure Alberto appreciates the thought. Munoz used to work for famed hot-head Director Sportif Manolo Saiz at ONCE — which goes a long way toward explaining the anger management issues. Saiz used to foam at the mouth in rage and issue threats.
Apparently, Munoz is not welcome at the race but can work on Contador’s bike at the hotel. Note to staff: make sure he doesn’t try to degrease the bike on the new carpet. Still, maybe they can set something up the lobby for him.