Re: Valverde crash
Yep, it looked an awful one from the first time you saw it. I hope those people moving him and trying to lift him off the course didn't make it worse. There surely should have been a better protocol in place than having to do that. Some crash barriers on the corner would have been nice as well; I imagine if this was the Vuelta and not the Tour then everyone would be howling about the lack of safety precautions.ClassicomanoLuigi said:I watched the TV replays of the 1st-stage TT crashes.
Anyone going down in the manner and speed of Valverde in that situation, is gonna get hurt ...
My own worst injury in cycling looked a lot like that scenario - wet tarmac, I was trying to go around a left-hand turn too fast for the prevailing weather (my own fault), wheel slid out and I broke five bones. But I landed on my shoulder, that is a major difference.
The way in which Valverde was sliding feet-first, but diagonally, into the barricade was such bad luck. Could have been otherwise - just a twist of fate in hitting the metal-pipe barricade in the worst way. It is such a shame that he will be out of racing for quite a while.