July 11, 2003
Of particular interest:
"Robbie McEwen saw his chances of a stage win today evaporate when he crashed on a corner with around 8 kilometres to go in the stage to Lyon. A battered but relatively unhurt McEwen told Belgian TV after the stage that, 'I don't know what happened. I just fell in the corner. Zabel fell and I fell with him.'
Lotto-Domo's manager Christophe Sercu (Lotto-Domo) later commented that 'Not surprisingly Robbie is in a dark mood. He's losing a lot of points on the Green Jersey. We keep on supporting him though as the Tour doesn't finish today. We are going to look at the classement tonight and see how much Robbie has lost and where his opponents are. Petacchi, but Cooke, Zabel and O'Grady also, because we don't know yet how Petacchi is going to get over the mountains. It's not lost yet. The coming mountain stages are not our specialty here.' "
I think we'll see a very interesting green jersey competition, because I don't think Petacchi will finish the race.
"Giuseppe Guerini (Telekom): Pain in right knee Erik Zabel (Telekom): Cuts and contusions on left elbow, right thigh and right knee Juan Miguel Mercado (iBanesto.com): Digestive troubles Remmert Wielinga (Rabobank): Cuts and bruising on left hip Jesus Manzano (Kelme): Left knee pain
Robbie McEwen did not appear to suffer any serious injuries from his crash in the finale of stage 6.
Fabio Baldato abandoned due to injuries from his stage 1 crash. The Alessio rider had a severe cut on his right hand which after surgical examination required seven stitches.
Also, Ivan Parra (Kele) was fined SFR50 for incorrect comportment, as per UCI rule 12.1.040."
Looks like it could have been for pushing off or slipstreaming a team car, though the fine is the same for "insults, threats, unseemly behavior" or "dangerous throwing of an object."
Petacchi not riding to Paris? Mind my words: he may sprint like Mario C. but he climbs the mountains like ... Alessandro.
Posted by: Oskar van Rijswijk at Jul 12, 2003 5:34:54 AM
Shit! - You were right after all. Petacchi bailed out on the slopes of the first real mountain.
Posted by: Oskar van Rijswijk at Jul 12, 2003 6:37:24 AM