Tacks, not attacks.
The Amstel Gold race hasn’t even begun and the action is already high. Police are investigating an act of cycling sabotage, as sharp, tire-puncturing tacks were found scattered on the race course.
According to De Telegraaf, it’s a protest against the “nuisance” that cyclists bring to their homes. What? Is somebody calling a UCI-sanctioned ProTour race a nuisance? Is the sight of Philippe Gilbert riding past your house really that awful?
The tacks in question were found on the Fosberg climb and we’re indebted to Michel Brouwers for this photo of the Fosberg during an under 23 race. It was, at that time, entirely tack-free.
This is what makes pro racing so exciting — wind, rain, cobblestones, small metal tacks.