Mr up of brisbane probably has problems pulling his socks on every morning so let us disregard his comments as they were probably dictated but applied to the computer by another!
Cadel is doing the TDF and his team a great honour by his display of courage and you need look no further than the captain of the Garmin team and his companion from south africa.
Neither of those guys wish to be at home, but their teams sent them home and when the truth comes out it will be the same with BMC's choice if Cadel had allowed that !
Cadel deserves to make it to Paris but the reality is that the human body can only stand so much so it will be a day by day effort on his part to overrule the teams concerns for his welfare!
Good luck to the racers today in a cold wet Pau where i am not even thinking about walking to the start whilst my back continues to suffer from actions of the turd brigade at St John de M on the 13th( google tourdafarce for the story) !
Could even be snow/slush on the Tourmalet today so sitting in the warm watching TV with a coldie will be a first for me after riding 13 TDF routes !