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[Billet] Tour 2020 : pourquoi autant de montagne ?

first_imgOn est bien loin désormais de l’époque Hinault. Bien loin de l’époque Indurain. Rappelez-vous les chronos Metz-Nancy ou ceux de la Madine. De l’histoire très ancienne. On peut donc imaginer qu’un Andy Schleck aurait adoré ce parcours ciselé «pur grimpeurs» où de son temps, pas si lointain quand même, il aurait ajouté quelques chapitres supplémentaires à sa rivalité avec Alberto Contador.Bref, tout coureur placé au-dessus des 60 kilos tout mouillé n’a guère de chance de voir la vie en jaune à Paris le 19 juillet 2020.C’est l’audimat qui fait le tracéCertes, ils ne l’avoueront pas, mais les organisateurs ne sont pas insensibles à l’idée de voir un Français briller. Comme Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot et Julian Alaphilippe y sont parvenus ces dernières années. C’est surtout la perspective de voir le Tour de France se débrider et déchaîner les passions en haute altitude et, en pareil cas, l’assurance de faire grimper les points d’audimat, qui les guide dans ce choix. Plus question qu’on prétende désormais que les parcours du Giro et de la Vuelta sont plus rugueux que ceux de la Grande Boucle. Dommage donc pour les rouleurs, mais c’est vrai que l’an passé, la formule avait déjà beaucoup plu.Ne restait plus à ASO qu’à trouver de nouveaux terrains de jeu. C’est fait. À écouter Michel Ries, passé en reconnaissance sur le dernier Tour de l’Avenir, le col de Loze ne sera pas le moins trépidant. Et, évidemment, on n’a pas fini d’en parler. On s’en fait déjà toute une montagne…Denis Bastien Le parcours du Tour de France 2020 se révèle ultramontagneux. Est-ce la fin annoncée des rouleurs et des amateurs de chrono en jaune ?Le Tour persiste et signe. La tendance lourde se confirme. Ce n’est même plus une possibilité, c’est un fait. Les organisateurs ne veulent plus que de la montagne, de la montagne et encore de la montagne. En tout cas, ils ne font que très peu de cas des rouleurs et des amateurs de contre-la-montre plats ou même vallonnés. Un seul chrono et, qui plus est, qui se termine par une ascension pure et dure. Des nouveaux cols fracassants, des petites routes déroutantes. Partagerlast_img read more

Mother claims unprofessionalism of CPA workers

first_imgA mother is appealing for intervention by government after she reported that welfare workers from the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) made false allegations against her daughter with the motive of having her taken away from her custody.According to the woman, Debbi Tappin, welfare workers visited her mother’s home demanding that she hand over her granddaughter.Tappin related to Guyana Times that on 11 May her mother was at her home in Sophia when three officials insisted that the young girl be handed over to their care as she was reportedly being “sexually abused” and was “pregnant”.However, after the grandmother refused, making it clear that the child’s mother was not at home at the time, the officials had left indicating that Tappin should visit the agency to settle the issue.Tappin reported that when she visited the agency the same day she was escorted by the welfare officers to the Turkeyen Police Station where she was told by a senior officer that she was under arrest.This publication understands that while the woman was at the station demanding information about her arrest and the reason behind her daughter being taken away, the welfare workers once again visited her mother’s home.While at the station, Tappin alleged that the officer assaulted her as she was trying to make her way out of the building.“While I was going through the gate, this man who identified himself as Mr Benn chucked me back against the gate post and the women officers were right there, he could have let them handle the situation” she related.She further stated that when the welfare officials returned to the station with her daughter, the child was taken into a private room where she was questioned by the officials.“They didn’t want me to go in, they said that I wasn’t allowed in. When my daughter came out and I asked her what happened, she told me that they told her she had been raped and was now pregnant,” Tappin explained.Shocked at the unprofessionalism of the officials, Tappin related that she asked the officers to take her and the child to the Georgetown Public Hospital to have a test carried out in order to ascertain the claims.However, according to the mother, after tests were done on the child it showed she was not pregnant and had not been sexually abused.The enraged mother told this publication that she became annoyed since her family was embarrassed as news had circulated that her grade five daughter was pregnant.According to her, she took her daughter to the CPA the following day where she met with Director Ann Greene whom she believed would have been able to offer help.However this was not the case as Greene allegedly informed her that nothing would come out of the case and that she should “drop it.”Subsequent visits to the Minister of Social Protection were futile as each time she ended up meeting with Greene.The woman is calling on the ministry to investigate the matter since her daughter is facing the brunt of the offensive action.She explained that students from her daughter’s school are aware of the matter also and have been teasing the child about being pregnant.“I need something to be done because my daughter is suffering. She went to school and every student is teasing her, now she doesn’t even want to go anymore. She had exams but I can’t force her to go,” Tappin exploded.Attempts to get on to Childcare and Protection Agency Director Ann Greene and Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence for responses to the allegations made were unsuccessful.last_img read more