July 09, 2005
Mengin drops out of Tour
Christophe Mengin, who was the first man down in the big pileup in the last kilometer of Stage 6, will not take the start of the Tour's 8th stage later today. Mengin suffered a black eye and scrapes in the fall, and came in 1:45 behind the main field today.
He had completed 8 of his 9 previous Tours, and, at 36, may not be back for another.
With Phonak's Steve Zampieri and Lampre's Alessandro Spezialetti dropping out during Friday's stage, the Tour will continue with 184 riders.
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According to BBC Sport, it was his nose that had the problem. But who really knows, other than Christophe's family?
"The 36-year-old fractured his nose and suffered minor cuts and bruising.
He will undergo surgery in Nancy, north-east France, his team confirmed ahead of Saturday's eight stage from Pforzheim to Gerardmer. "
Posted by: Devans at Jul 9, 2005 9:29:18 AM