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Decision day at Tour Down Under

Updated: January 25, 2009, 2:10 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Team Columbia's technical director, Allan Peiper, is an Australian by birth, but he's spent the last 30 years based in the cycling stronghold of Belgium. When races get stressful, he can cuss just as impressively in Flemish as in English.

As he drove the course late in Saturday's Stage 5, Peiper cut loose with a few choice bilingual epithets -- aimed at no one in particular -- when the Tour Down Under race radio crackled with the news that several dozen riders ...

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