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Blood, sweat, guts and tears

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posted Jul 12, 2007

Harmon and Kelly on Eurosport had Lequatre down as abandoned shortly after his crash. That's some tough riding to match Di Grigorio yesterday. Just shows how much it means to them.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

Great article Phil!

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comment by Benneth (U2919365)

posted Jul 13, 2007

what actually happened to vino, there was talk of a motorbike being involved?

now he's lost that chunk of time its made an already very open tour even more open.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

Benneth, it appears Vino's chain jumped and he subsequently hit a motorbike when his bike was out of control.
The big talking point, though, is Klodi's injury after his rather innocuous looking fall. The German has a fracture of the coccyx, but will continue regardless. This no doubt sets up an attacking first Alpine stage on Saturday.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

Good to see yesterday that the only Brit not to lose time was Millar. He looks leaner than at any time I've ever seen him of late, and I think he's hungry to prove once and for all that he doesn't need drugs to perform on the big stage.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

Has Lequatre made the elimination time? If he hasn't will the commisaires let him ride today?They have the power to allow a rider to continue, recently Jimmy Caspar benefited from this as well as Paul Sherwen in the 80's. The tour goes past near here today. Sadly work means I only get to watch it on the TV.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

Cycling 100 or so miles with a fractured coccyx - ouch!

I posted something similar on another thread but do you think Astana should be worried by injuries to their top two and the way the team were quickly dropped by Vino in the chase back?

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comment by Benneth (U2919365)

posted Jul 13, 2007

lequatre is apparently still in the race but not sure if this is a special case or not. but whether he makes the start line today could be another story. Di Gregorio and Brett Lancaster are the latest withdrawals.

It never fails to amaze me how tough these guys are. i have been force feeding the tour to my friends on tv this year and i think they are actually quite taken aback at the scale of the physical trauma these guys go through.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

great article.
i remember seeing a straggler come in whilst watching the Tour in Charleroi a few years ago. most people had gone home and i was on my way to the station when i realised i hadn't seen the Fin de Course van. a while later one poor bloke rode in, battered and tired. i think he retired at the end of the day anyway, but he still wanted to finish.
I also recall the Italian champ (at the time) being swathed in bandages after a fall on stage 1 in Dunkirk a few years ago. his team mates had left him and he struggled in the wind to finish - stopping to be rebandaged a couple of times. i saw him ride into Paris at the end of the race - pure class.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

No padding. not a lot of technical support. These guys are tough. Nice article + Vino did well too as he outrode his team when hurting + had to drag Boonen up too + from the TV had to deal with mix of v tricky vehicles/peleton on a quite twisty road.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

great article, the heroics of some of the guys out there are simply outstanding. i didn't even see it but the thought of Lequatre coming in as described brings a lump to the throat. Vive le Tour

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posted Jul 13, 2007

On Lequatre's Cofidis webpage he states that his greatest fear was "Having come face to face with death in 2005." And he answered "blood" when asked "What does the colour red mean to you?" So I'm guessing that he has hit the tarmac maybe a bit more than most!? Never-the-less, it still amazes me the determination and courage some riders have to reach the finish line and Paris. Bravo.

http://www.equipe-cofidis.fr/gb/equipe_detail.asp?id=20

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comment by Tatruth (U2285993)

posted Jul 13, 2007

Lequatre's got his own website. I might just join his fanclub. Though looking through the news theres not much to tell.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

Sadly, just read this on the official TdF website (in a newsflash):

"There are 183 riders still in the race; the only non-starter is Geoffroy Lequatre (COF) who was caught up in a crash near the end of yesterday’s stage."

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posted Jul 13, 2007

The judges took pity on Lequatre, sadly his injuries didn't. He was kept overnight in hospital and had several of the wound stitched.
The news we're hearing on Vino is that he is in great pain having had his knees stitched. I can't imagine him abandoning but it will surely limit his usual attacking style.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Discovery) had a pretty hair raising accident as well. He went through the rear window of a car on the final decent of the day and received deep cuts to his chin and armpit. He managed to finish with only a 9 min deficit for the day - pretty impressive. Not sure how he is doing today - anyone know?

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posted Jul 13, 2007

You are mistaken. he was not taken down by his own musette, it was from another rider. Nothing to be laughed at. Get your facts straight before you mock this brave cyclist winkeye

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posted Jul 13, 2007

All the reports point to Lequatre being the victim of his own musette.

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posted Jul 13, 2007

You shouldn't believe all you read :D Check out the video on versus.com - Phil Liggett highlights the culprit musette (a navy one from another team) - it is laying in the middle of the road next to Lequatre's bike. Lequatre's musette is on the side of the road on the grass - away from the crash, and pretty impossible to be involved in his fall. I've seen guys go down in races I've been in and the musette sticks to the wheel/forks during the fall.

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posted Jul 15, 2007

Great article Phil. It is the unsung heros that make the tour.

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