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Christian Vande Velde is OUT of the #TDF

It has NOT been the most comfortable Tour de France this year.  There have been so many crashes, rain, and even a dog on the loose!  And yesterday Garmin rider Christian Vande Velde went down hard.  Even though he made it across the Stage 2 finish line, he is headed home this morning.  Stitches and all.

I am blessed with great family and friends. They had to kick me off the bus this morning. Hoping for a safe race today for the entire race. [@christianvdv]

5 stitches and a pimpin’ Ryan Air exit row. I am smiling on the inside, really. [twitpic]

Garmin/Slipstream had a few men take a tumble and you can see photos of it all here

Heal up VDV. Let’s move on from this year.

George Michael Crashes Car… again

Dear George Michael, you’re too old for this crap.  Early Sunday morning, George was arrested for allegedly crashing his car into the front of a store near London.  Oh, and  he was thought to be “unfit to drive” (that’s DUI in London).

“Police were called at approximately 3:35am on Sunday 4 July to reports of a vehicle in collision with a building on Hampstead High Street,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said Tuesday.

“Officers attended and a man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive.

“He was taken to a north London police station and later bailed pending further inquiries. He will appear in court in August.”

The Hampstead store’s manager, Jun Mustafa, said: “You’re looking at a new shop front definitely — it was quite badly damaged.”[NYP]

This chowderhead keeps doing stupid crap while driving. In 2007 he had his license taken away for driving under influence of drugs. And in 2009 he was found passed out in his car (reportedly because of drinking and drugs.

What is his partner thinking staying with this mess?

image via Fame

Lance Armstrong's Response to crash


As you know by now, Lance Armstrong broke his right collar bone (clavicle) and is out of the Castilla y Leon 5 day race in Spain.

Tonight, he is having wine and cheese with Team Astana coach Johan Bruyneel (above pic) and then off to bed. That boy is in some pain and must be tired and frustrated.


In response to the crash Lance had this to say via the Astana Team site

Additional Comments from Lance Armstrong from Hospital Clínico Universitario of Valladolid where a fracture of the middle third of the right collar bone was diagnosed:

- How did the crash happen?

“At the end of the race, people started to get a bit excited to win the race. Everybody wanted to be in the front and couple of guys crashed in front of me, crossed the wheels and I hit them over the top. It happens quick when it happens. It could have been worse, I suppose. I have road rash abrasions on right hip and arm but the big problem is the broken collarbone. I never had this before. It is pretty painful. Now we must have to see how it heals. I will go back to the US and there we will decide on surgery.”

- You must be very disappointed. Is the Giro participation in jeopardy?

“I am very disappointed. Very. Especially for the Giro. Now the biggest problem is the pain. It hurts. We will see. The guys in the hospital in Valladolid were great and very nice and helpful. But now I feel miserable. I need to relax a couple of days, fix the problem and make a plan. I hope I can tell you more about the Giro in a week.”

- You almost never crash.

“I was thinking the same thing in the hospital that this never happened in my 17 years of pro cycling. That’s cycling. It’s nobody’s fault. Crashes happen all the time. It is part of the job.”

If you want to send well wishes you can send them to LiveStrong’s Twitter, and if you tag it #livestrong it will be posted on their blog as well!

Pics are from today’s race in Spain, and of Lance leaving the hospital.


Armstrong Update with video!


Lance Armstrong has broken his Collar Bone, and is OUT of the race of Castilla y Leon. It’s a clean break according to Team Astana and it should heal quickly.

See video of THE CRASH HERE!

As I told you earlier, he crashed 20 kilometers from the finish line and was sent to the hospital via ambulance.

If you want to send the 7 time Tour De France winner well wishes go to his TWITTER!!!