TdF Stage 9
Stage 8 of TDF is 159.5km from Val d’Isere to Briancon. That’s a tad over 99 miles through some more mountain passes today. Let’s hope that no one will take a spill like they did this weekend. That was awful. Guard rails are not jump off points!
anyways, here’s a map of today’s route.
There will be two ascents on today’s ride, but we start with what looks like one long descent. Be careful boys, don’t end up like O’Grady. He crashed over the weekend, and broke a few ribs. I must admit his brother’s quote to Versus.com was my favorite today.
Stuart O’Grady, the CSC rider who crashed in stage eight and was taken to hospital in an ambulance, received several visitors yesterday. His brother, Darren, is in France and working as a host for guests of the CSC team during the Tour. He saw Stuart yesterday and said that, despite the injuries, he was in good spirits. “His legs and head are good,” said Darren O’Grady, “even if the rest of his body is a mess.
“He has five broken ribs and has had a lot of treatment from the medical staff, but we managed to get a smile from him before we left.”
The injuries are enough for most riders to consider ending their season but O’Grady told his brother: “I’ve got about seven weeks to get better, so I’ve told the team: sign me up for the Vuelta a Espana! I’m not wasting the good form I’ve got… a few broken ribs shouldn’t slow me down for too long.”
Just a reminder that the road and other cyclists are not all you have to look out for, here’s an update from today’s Stage 8.
Burghardt (TMO) has just thumped into a dog that cross the road as the peloton was passing. The German’s front wheel collapsed completely, the rider flew over the bard… the dog walked away although it is likely to be very sore right now.
See you on the road, or on the couch!
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