Monday, July 11, 2011

TDF: Vinokourov Suffered Career Ending Injury

Vino has his leg looked at by the doctor
before being taken to the hospital

The crash yesterday that involved Alexander Vinokourov, Jurgen van den Broeck, David Zabriskie and Frederik Willems might have ended poor Vino's career.

This was supposed to be his last Tour anyway, but to go out like this is difficult to accept.

The poor guy ended up in the woods and was lifted out by friends. He suffered a broken leg and a pelvic fracture.

Alberto Contador had this to say about the condition that led to the pile-up in the woods. "I went past a little later and saw a rider down and my hair stood on end. That curve should have been signposted."

Riders are FURIOUS at the obscenely high number of injuries, crashes and mayhem at this years tour and are not holding back about the car crash:

From: The Herald Sun
"Anyone involved with a bike race (including riders) should take written and practical tests before getting licenses. Hope all who crashed are ok," Mark Cavendish tweeted.

It was a familiar theme.

Former rider Magnus Backstedt said: "Hoogerland is a hard man. Respect to get back up after that. I hope he can continue.

"Left feeling disgusted and saddened by result of the action of that driver."

Chris Boardman questioned why officials would allow a television car to pass the breakaway of five with trees enroaching on the roadside. "What was commisare doing waving press car through on such a narrow lane anyway?," Boardman tweeted.

South African sprinter Robbie Hunter was blunter. "Ok that was just fucked...French tv car just crashed the break...Hoogerland went down hard! That driver needs a beating!!!," he tweeted.

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara followed up with: "This car driver should get the same pain as my friend flecha... He corst (caused) the crash...This is a disaster what happen."

And the Stage winner Luis Leon Sanchez went off at his press conference:
"There were cars going past us all day, far too close, and it was pretty much going to happen at any moment," Sanchez said. "I have to ask the Tour organisation to sort this out. Measures have to be taken. You don't expect something like that to happen in the best race in the world."

No you don't, Luis. This is pretty fucked up.

The abandoned riders so far (from

Stage 4
* Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto

Stage 5
* Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
* Janez Brajkovic (Svn) Team Radioshack

Stage 6
* Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team
* Ivan Velasco (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi

Stage 7
* RĂ©mi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ
* Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step Cycling Team
* Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky Procycling

Stage 8
* Benat Intxausti (Esp) Movistar Team
* Christopher Horner (US) Team Radioshack

Stage 9
* Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
* Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
* Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
* David Zabriskie (US) Team Garmin- Cervelo
* Woulter Poels (Hol) Vacansoleil-DCM
* Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team
* Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Rabobank Cycling Team
* Amets Txurruka (Sp) Euskaltel-Euskadi

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