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July 15, 2003

cyclingnews.com | News roundup July 15

cyclingnews.com has posted their daily news wrapup:

The pain of Beloki was obvious for us all to see as he lay on the side of that blind corner where his back tyre exploded after he locked up the bike on the molten asphalt of the Cote de la Rochette. Three broken bones were the result, but his pain of course is more than physical. As he lay in the hospital at Gap, he reportedly told director Manolo Saiz and his teammates "I am sorry, I am sorry, please forgive me". As his companions tried to calm him, he is reported to have sadly cried out "No, this was my Tour".

Also:

  • Michael Boogerd has signed a two-year extension with Rabobank

  • 1998 Tour winner Marco Pantani is back on his bike, after spending 2 weeks in a psychiatric clinic after the Giro

  • There's also a good explanation of the Centenaire classification, which is yet another competition within the competition, this one to have the lowest average placing in the stages that finish in the cities featured on the 1903 Tour.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 15, 2003 in Marco Pantani | Permalink

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