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July 16, 2007

Sinkewitz out after fan collision

T-Mobile Team | Sinkewitz's Tour over after freak accident

T-Mobile's Patrik Sinkewitz won't start tomorrow's Stage 9 after a serious collision with a Tour fan yesterday.

From the team website:

Sinkewitz suffered an open fracture of the nose, head trauma, and a shoulder injury in the high-speed collision - and will definitely not be able to continue at the Tour de France.

Sinkewitz is reportedly “conscious and lucid,” but will return to Germany for further treatment today.

The spectator, from Luxembourg, is reportedly still in a coma in a hospital in Chambery.

Update: This Guardian story mentions that the fan regained consciousness yesterday.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 16, 2007 in 2007 Stage 8, Patrik Sinkewitz, Top Stories | Permalink

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Comments

"open fracture of the nose" -- yuck! An open fracture is where the bone actually pokes through the skin, right?

Posted by: Fritz at Jul 16, 2007 11:37:27 AM

Yes, I believe so. Wow, another blow to T Mobile ... Sad to see Rogers crying yesterday.

Posted by: Marianne at Jul 16, 2007 11:56:58 AM

this tour is just riddled with injuries and i think there needs to be more done about how close the fans can get i am a bicycle rider myself and fans are too close

Posted by: Nick at Jul 16, 2007 1:01:35 PM

There is really no way to control the crowds. But Sinkewitz was not on the race course, but on his way back to the bus or his room. I was over there on Lance's 5th and was surprised to see some guy riding out of the crowd in full kit of one of the teams. My first thought was that he was some kinda avid fan...until eight more guys just like him came tooling by. For many teams, the riders just emerge from the area around the finish and ride over to the bus. For these guys, nine of the world's best cyclists, but not on one of the GC challenging teams, people in the crowd just ignored them, which I though really odd for the level of adoration a cyclist gets in France. (Hell, they treated me, a simple tourist on a bike, as if I were a somebody.) Sinkewitz probably was going too fast for the crowd wondering around the area and the fan probably never expected anyone would be cruising by.

Posted by: john g at Jul 17, 2007 5:44:01 PM