July 08, 2006
Julich crashes out of Tour during time trial
CSC's Bobby Julich, third in the 1998 Tour de France, crashed out of the 2006 edition during the Stage 7 individual time trial, shortly after his start.
Julich was riding through a left then right chicane when it appeared his front end washed out, and he slid into and over the low curb. He was taken away in an ambulance.
Julich's departure leaves CSC with 7 riders. CSC's Stuart O'Grady continues in the race with a fractured vertebra.
Julich also crashed out of the 1999 Tour in a time trial, in Metz.
The team reports that Julich has no fractures, but “a big open wound on his right wrist,” and that he'll get a more complete scan tomorrow.
Julich wrote in his ESPN diary about his prep and hopes for the Stage 7 TT:
I expect to see a lot more Americans dominate the top 10 and I hope to top that list. I am definitely not going to call my shot here (a la Babe Ruth), but if I can have a day like I hope to have, I'll be in contention at the Tour.
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That crash looked as bad as Boardman's prologue crash in the rain, nearly as bad as Jan's TT Crash.
Posted by: DL Byron at Jul 8, 2006 11:24:44 AM