Originally Posted by WebScorpion
I heard Kloden crashed also and may have fractured his coccyx. Often times, it's just a race of attrition...how someone can consistently avoid major problems over the duration of that race is beyond me.
Really? I knew he fell, but he got back up and finished with the lead pack. That's one tough dude if he did the last half of the race with a fractured coccyx.
Speaking of attrition, watch 'em drop like flies during the four stages from Saturday-Wednesday. I don't think even the days off tomorrow and Monday are going to help. On Saturday they get the Col de la Colombiere, which is a ten-mile beast. They hit it after roughly 100 miles of hard riding. Then on Sunday they finish up with three climbs like Colombiere. After the Monday breather, they start off with a wicked climb up the Col de l'Iseran. Literally, it's like a roller coaster, the gun goes off and they start going straight up. Then after 40 miles of snaking mountain roads they get a double dose climb. Basically the go straight up for eight miles, get a three-mile breather and then do it again for 11 miles on the Col du Galibier. Then on Tuesday it's a 140-mile haul into Marseille, punctuated by a bunch of smaller hills that are going sneak up riders who take them for granted.