Fans rally around NH cyclist after ruling takes him out of Tour de France
Brentwood native and Exeter High School graduate Ted King is seen during a training ride with the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team in California earlier this year. King, competing in his first Tour de France, was cut from race on Monday after missing the Stage 4 qualifying time by seven seconds. (IAMTEDKING.COM)
A mounting social network campaign gave him reason to hope.
• the narrowness of the margin between King's official time — he finished the 25-kilometer (15.5-mile) team trial along the Mediterranean coast of Nice in 32 minutes 32.60 seconds — and the qualifying standard of finishing within 25 percent of the winning rider's time;
• precedence for race officials allowing riders to continue under circumstances similar to King's.
"It's late here. I'm off to bed. Hopefully I (am) up tomorrow with good news..."
— Ted King (@iamtedking) July 2, 2013
King's team, Cannondale Pro Cycling, challenged the decision to remove King from the race.
Things came crashing down on King — literally – when he was involved in a nasty pileup with four kilometers remaining in Stage 1 on Saturday.
"I took a stab at impersonating Superman before I realized that I can't fly, and then drove my shoulder into the pavement," King wrote on his blog, IamTedKing.com.
King is in his eighth year as a professional cycler, and his role with the Cannondale team is similar to that of a worker bee. He was there to support teammate Peter Sagan, a 23-year-old Slovakian sprinter who won three stages during last year's Tour de France.
King graduated from Exeter High School in 2001. He was a three-sport athlete — ice hockey, soccer and tennis — at Exeter before moving on to Middlebury College in Vermont, where he studied economics.
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