Given his propensity to crash (often on straight roads and so forth) I am a little surprised that, in this tour of many crashes, I haven't heard of a single one involving Denis. Last year he seemed to hit the deck on every stage, not to mention his splendid antics in the Giro. His apparently poor bike handling has always endeared him to me; especially moments like when he managed to crash going uphill in the 2008 Tour. Is he (ironically) one of the few riders to have managed not to crash in this year's race or have I just missed them? Also did I really hear Chris Boardman describe Menchov as a great descender? or I did I imagine that?