Oh, the humanity!
Quick quiz: The most horrific road hazard faced by Tour de France riders is…
b) oncoming 18-wheelers
c) rabid leg-eating wolverines
d) blatant accordion music
Yes, all other hazards pale by comparison to the shameless accordion players, who can step out of the tall grass with no warning whatsoever.
Upon hearing the first few bars of “Lady of Spain,” even the toughest riders clap their hands to their ears and spin out of control.
(Warning: Contains graphic photos of accordion playing)
Above: An accordion-player cheers the pack of riders during the Tour de France cycling race, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Right: Pack of riders makes its way past a man playing accordion in a 2000 file photo. REUTERS/Stefano Reliandini