The vast majority of Spaniards believe compatriot Alberto Contador was right to attack during the final kilometers of the 15th stage of the Tour de France even though rival Andy Schleck had suffered a chain malfunction.
Asked in online polls carried out by daily newspapers ABC, AS and El Mundo if Contador should have waited for Schleck, between 82 and 87 percent said no.
The Luxembourger went into the second of four days in the Pyrenees on Monday with a 31-second lead on two-time champion Contador.
Some in the crowd booed the Spaniard at the finish line and Schleck hit out immediately at Contador for not showing “fair play.”
But Contador defended himself, saying he was unaware that Schleck’s chain had come off.
“When I knew he had the problem, it was already too late. We had taken a significant lead on him,” he said.
A poll on the VeloNews.com homepage showed different results, with 73 percent of voters saying Contador should not have attacked.