Voeckler said that at certain key points in the race, sport directors from all 22 teams start shouting directives to get to the front of the pack into the riders' earpieces. "The road is seven meters wide, there's not room for everyone," Voeckler said.
Tour veteran Stuart O'Grady, who crashed out of the 2007 race with five broken ribs, had another view.
"There are a lot of young kids out there, and they don't know how to ride their bikes," the Australian told Cycle Sport magazine. "There's a lot of inexperience, a lot of desperation, a lot of nerves. I think everyone needs to chill," O'Grady said.
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