2012 found the riders dealing with something I have never seen before, while there have been protests, run in with fans, and accidents with following vehicles (2011), I have never known of an attack on the race. Team BMC and Cadel Evans were behind the peloton when they suddenly had numerous flat tires, the team quickly assessed who had good tires and they started swapping wheels to get the team leader and his dedicated supporters up and running. In all 15 riders and four of the caravan motorcycles had flats all from tacks that had been thrown on the course by someone or some people who were along the race course. If it was their intention to help other riders, they were unaware of the code of the professional peloton. Once the contenders were informed of the incident, they sat up and waited for Cadel and his team to catch back up. Hopefully, there will be no repeat of this nonsense in 2013. This is an original watercolor and ink postcard and is available through my artist web site. Just follow the direct link at the end of this post.