July 05, 2009
Quick Step's Van De Walle first casualty of '09 Tour
Quick Step's Jurgen Van De Walle will not take the start at Stage 3 tomorrow. He crashed hard during Sunday's Stage 2, and a post-stage examination in Marseilles found a punctured right lung and fractured left collarbone.
Van De Walle, who has been a regular on Quick Step squads racing at the Tour of California and Tour of Georgia, finished back in the field today, and sat in 79th place in the Tour. Barring any other withdrawals, 179 riders will continue the race tomorrow.
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Sorry for him AND happy it wasn't a doping related loss.
Posted by: Tom at Jul 5, 2009 11:37:41 PM
That article says he was pulled out after the crash and didn't finish the stage- you claimed he finished "back in the field".
either way- that sucks for him and for Quick Step.
Posted by: Andi at Jul 6, 2009 7:42:12 AM
Andi -- I noticed that, so I double-checked the stage results. He finished the stage, but well back. Don't know why the story had him leaving from the course.
Posted by: Frank at Jul 6, 2009 12:31:19 PM