Monday, July 5, 2010

Stage 2 of the Tour de Carnage

After 3  big crashes in the last 3 kilometers of yesterday's stage into Brussels, a bunch of riders have gone down on a very wet downhill portion of today's stage to Spa, including one of the race favorites Andy Schleck, who may well have broken his collarbone. However, Schleck borrowed Matt Breschl's bike and carried on. We probably won't have a accurate indication of his health until tomorrow morning. Cancellara and others who did not go down, have sat up at the front of the peloton, to wait for those who fell and others who were caught behind the crash. This has created a great opportunity for the two riders in the break, including Frenchman Sylvain Chavenel.

UPDATE: Chavenel won and took the yellow jersey. The peloton, led by Fabian Cancellara (who is clearly a true mensch), neutralized the rest of the race so that no one sprinted for second place. It's not clear whether this was a protest - it was bad weather conditions, not a dangerous route, that caused the crash - or simply a sign of respect to several GC contenders, including Schleck and VandeVelde, who were caught up in the crash.

INJURY REPORT: Velonews.com has the complete list of casualties here. It will be interesting to see who among them is not at the start line for tomorrow's vicious stage across the cobbles to Arenberg. 

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