July 19, 2005
More on Kashechkin's punch from fan
ESPN.com | Spectator hits Tour de France rider in the face Here's more on Andrey Kashechkin, who was punched in the nose, apparently inadvertently, by a fan during today's stage. Kashechkin kept riding briefly, but then turned around, and rode backwards through the peloton to get to Tour doctors. The doctors were able to lessen the flow of blood, but Kashechkin still was wiping his nose through the stage. He finished with the overall leaders today, 3:24 behind Oscar Pereiro, and sits 19th overall, 20:35 behind Lance Armstrong. He's second in the race for the young rider's white jersey, behind Yaroslav Popovych.
It's a shame when things like this happen, but I think the Tour by and large has an amazing record with regard to risks versus actual incidents. If you think back, it's easy to come up with reams of examples of inappropriate fan contact. But very few of them were malicious, and even fewer caused lasting injuries or affected the outcome of the race directly.
I'm glad Kashechkin is okay, and that he didn't end up losing any time to Popovych because of it.
Posted by: Rich Young at Jul 19, 2005 5:10:22 PM
You would hope that people would have common sense not to flap their arms around or stick things in the street if they are on the edge of the road. Unfortunately, everyone is not that smart.
Posted by: Devans at Jul 20, 2005 9:20:48 AM