What a beast. Chapeau. And he got a well-deserved second place. Let's hope he can continue at close to his best, as he is in contention for the Green.Gloin22 said:Hendo talking about Greipel ( disolacted his shoulder at one point when he crashed, he was very lucky to even finish this stage and even more to even sprint for 2nd, what a beast... )
"The first crash was really bad and he popped his shoulder out and it popped straight back in," Henderson told CW at the finish. "His wrist was also really swollen and he was like: ‘no I'm not sprinting, I'm not sprinting.'"
"I gave him ten minutes and I said: ‘you don't have to win. Just stay with us, we'll put you in position and you can run a top ten because then you get some points.' You could see him thinking, and then I got back on the radio again and I said, ‘righto, we're sprinting for Greipel again.'"
haha and I thought after the disastrous Euro12 performance: "Good, I don't care. Here is the TdF. That'll bring us some joy instead."Maaaaaaaarten said:wtf
I just came home, expecting to see the result of a boring sprint stage....
Gesink Mollema Kruijswijk all crashing and losing time is what I hear, Poels
A bad day to be Dutch
Koersdirecteur Jean-François Pescheux: in plaats van de gevallen renners te helpen, liet hij de fietsen van de weg halen zodat hij zijn weg kon voortzetten.
I don't know if it's tendentious reporting, but if he really was more concerned about moving through to the head of the race, instead of being concerned about the riders, he is well... erm..Tour technical director JF Pescheux: instead of helping crashed riders, he had the bikes removed from the road so that he could continue following the race.
I made the point in my original post that riding near the front is desirable. The problem is that every team wants their GC contenders at the front. It's not possible for all of them to be there. The strongest teams have the best chance of keeping their leaders near the front, but even then they won't always be up front. Too many other riders want to be there too.Escarabajo said:The crash happened at the back of the peloton, and as you know, if you are a GC contender you have to be at the front of the peloton. So there is more than just luck to the crashes. Just saying. Having said that, I also hate to see GC contenders go down.
Unacceptable that his DS allowed him to get back on the bike in my opinion. He was strapped in an ambulance, and was allowed to get out (personnel can't do anything about it, they can't force anyone into treatment) again.Bala Verde said:Poels, apparently both spleen and kidney ruptured, 3 broken ribs and bruised lungs.
according to vive le velo and
Wow. I didn't know he had been inside the ambulance That's (almost) criminal.Arnout said:Unacceptable that his DS allowed him to get back on the bike in my opinion. He was strapped in an ambulance, and was allowed to get out (personnel can't do anything about it, they can't force anyone into treatment) again.
Erviti abandons with deep wound in his right leg (with loss of muscle mass); he needs to undergo surgery. Ivan Guttierez is in doubt; he suffered from a hard blow to the knee, which might prevent him from starting tomorrow.
Rojas had already abandoned during an earlier stage.El navarro tendrá que ser operado de su profunda herida en la pierna derecha que le mantendrá ingresado 48 horas, mientras el cántabro sufre un fortísimo golpe en la rodilla derecha que podría impedirle tomar la salida mañana
El ciclista navarro sufre una profunda herida en su pierna derecha con pérdida de masa muscular que precisa el paso por el quirófano –probablemente, esta misma noche- y que le mantendrá al menos 48 horas ingresado en el centro hospitalario galo
El corredor cántabro tiene un fortísimo golpe en la rodilla derecha que le impide prácticamente andar y en la que, pese a que las radiografías han descartado en principio cualquier fractura o fisura, puede tener afectado el cartílago rotuliano
He told in in a Radio 1 interview, it's on NOS.nl. He was strapped in with special equipment, in an ambulance, decided to go out again himself, DS allowed him to.Bala Verde said:Wow. I didn't know he had been inside the ambulance That's (almost) criminal.
[UPDATE: Team director Daan Luickx was interviewed after the race and he said that Poels himself insisted he be put back on his bike. He said he told Poels to stop racing because it was too serious. He then rode for another 10K and then stopped because he couldn't ride any longer. He made it to the finish line in the team car, and he had to wait 10m for an ambulance. No mention he was inside the ambulance on the road I think ]
thanks for the update.Arnout said:He told in in a Radio 1 interview, it's on NOS.nl. He was strapped in with special equipment, in an ambulance, decided to go out again himself, DS allowed him to.
Agreed.Bala Verde said:thanks for the update.
I then think the team director shouldn't have allowed him to leave. I think he personally can refuse medical treatment, so the doctors might not be able to hold him. But the team director should have insisted he not get onto his bike anymore.
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