August 13, 2006
Virenque injured in amateur time trial
French housewives everywhere are in shock as 7-time Tour de France King of the Mountains Richard Virenque awaits surgery for injuries suffered in an amateur time trial Saturday.
Virenque's fork broke, dropping the French rider on his face, at the start of a 4-kilometer TT scheduled as part of an event called l'Alpes Open Tour.
Virenque broke his nose, and required 32 stitches in his head. He is expected to have plastic surgery on his face on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Virenque was involved in the Festina affair in 1998, but came back to win the Tour's polka-dot jersey as recently as 2004.
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Steel forks don't break, they bend and crack. Carbon sucks and fails, kaboom.
Posted by: osisbs at Jul 2, 2007 1:59:21 PM