Tour de France Stage 5: Carhaix - Cap Fréhel 164.5 km

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Cimber said:
Btw in case this hasnt been posted yet:

The motorcyclist who drove into Nicki Sørensen was thrown out of the Tour. Supposedly he was sacked over the radio immitiately after the incident by Prudhomme.

Well-deserved imo. He drove recklessly.


motorcyclists pass up along side the peloton on regular intervals. it appeared that Sorenson got knocked slightly of line and his bike got caught by something on the bike. the motorcyclists are told when to pass through the peloton and the cyclists know this.

seems to me the motorcyclist is a scapegoat, not that i am happy that it happened.
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
Damage report Gesink: Back problems seem to be the most troubling.

He said he was behind Brajkovic and Brajkovic fell first, Gesink went on top of him
ffs, Gesink is always so unlucky. I hope he will recover and be rdy for the mountains
 
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Benotti69 said:
motorcyclists pass up along side the peloton on regular intervals. it appeared that Sorenson got knocked slightly of line and his bike got caught by something on the bike. the motorcyclists are told when to pass through the peloton and the cyclists know this.

seems to me the motorcyclist is a scapegoat, not that i am happy that it happened.
Surely it was the motorcyclist fault. Its his responsibility when he passes through the peloton. In addition, Vandborg had aldry told him once not to do it since the peloton was very nervous. Yet he did. Good thing he was kicked out.
 
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Tom T. said:
I'm sorry, but Trek Leopard is really a bunch of whiny b**ches. Fabian, why didn't you try to neutralize the stage then you big prima donna.
He would have if one of the Schlecks had crashed. Since it was the rivals who crashed I guess he found no need for it
 
killswitch said:
If you go to bikechatter (or a similar site), you can see that everyone is complaining...
But was the parcours that dangerous? It didn't give me that impression, but I wasn't paying attention for much of the race. I think everyone was nervous because of the threat of crosswinds, and because of the previous crashes.
 
Benotti69 said:
motorcyclists pass up along side the peloton on regular intervals. it appeared that Sorenson got knocked slightly of line and his bike got caught by something on the bike. the motorcyclists are told when to pass through the peloton and the cyclists know this.

seems to me the motorcyclist is a scapegoat, not that i am happy that it happened.
There just wasn't enough space to pass the peloton. Maybe the driver misjudged the distance or maybe he was too cautious and got caught up or something. I also think was probably an accident for which he's not much to blame, it was just a ****ty situation, but I guess the commisaires see it differently.
 
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Geraint Thomas is defintely one of the riders of the Tour so far. Great seeing him finishing so high. In few years he will be a force at Classics.
 
Jul 27, 2009
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MacRoadie said:
What was the final body count on crashes today, especially among contenders (above and beyond the abandonne's)?

Brajkovic
Leipheimer
Boonen
Contador
Wiggins
Kern
Popovych took a spill
 
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Franklin said:
Big words, but if you really raced and sprinted for the flowers you would know that after the finish your colleagues have "words" with you if you act like a cowboy.

Headbutting is not that common nor is it accepted at club to elite level.
Yeah we already sorted this out - other posters were using 'butting' to describe using your head and shoulders to nudge riders coming across your line and let them know you are there. I would call that a nudge and I am not going to take my hands off the bars to do it. So its elbows or whatever else if the message is not taken.

Like Cav did yesterday, not Robbie McEwan style, where one would expect words afterwards.
 
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spalco said:
There just wasn't enough space to pass the peloton. Maybe the driver misjudged the distance or maybe he was too cautious and got caught up or something. I also think was probably an accident for which he's not much to blame, it was just a ****ty situation, but I guess the commisaires see it differently.
i am always amazed watching the peloton have so many near misses in GTs whether it be motorbikes through the peloton, spectators not paying attention racing back on through the team cars etc..the motorbikes regularly pass through the peloton. i reckon it was wrong place at the wrong time for Sorenson to move a few centimetres to his right, surprised it hasn't happened more often, but that is due to the skills of the 2 wheelers both cyclists and bike motorcyclists.

but is there an official link for the motorcyclists removal from the race?
 
Frosty said:
Wiggins seemed fine afterwards.

Think that Horner went down at some point as well, he was off the back at one point anyway. Didnt seem too perturbed by it all though.
THanks!
It sure seemed like a crash-fest. So many hit the pavement but some are fairly quiet about the extent of their bruising and damage. Only later do we find out that some are hampered by an earlier crash that looked fairly innocent.
 
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Janjapan said:
- Jakob Fuglsang

- Fabian Cancellara

- Fränk Schleck

Interestingly, all the crashes occured at relatively flat and straight sections of the route. I don't think you can blame the organizers for that.
Selectively only quoting the Leopard riders! Most riders commented it was crazy all day and that the narrow roads contributed to it. They were all certainly worried about that finish.
 
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Jamsque said:
As for the intermediate sprint, I think Cav was right to complain, he would be relegated for that kind of thing easily. Still, he should have kept riding instead of complaining.
couldn't agree more. hate to feel like rules are not being applied equally. at the same time, and understanding his frustration, you don't just quit--especially to complain! glad he pulled out an amazing sprint at finish.

EDIT okay just read that boonen and rojas relegated so that's a good start to equal application.
 
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Benotti69 said:
i am always amazed watching the peloton have so many near misses in GTs whether it be motorbikes through the peloton, spectators not paying attention racing back on through the team cars etc..the motorbikes regularly pass through the peloton. i reckon it was wrong place at the wrong time for Sorenson to move a few centimetres to his right, surprised it hasn't happened more often, but that is due to the skills of the 2 wheelers both cyclists and bike motorcyclists.

but is there an official link for the motorcyclists removal from the race?
Havent found anything offcialt just various media reporting it and Fuglsang tweeting "Good to hear that his is out!"

Anyways it definately was the moto's fault. No doubt about it. If he wants to pass the peloton its his responsibility, especially after being asked not to do it by another rider just prior to the incident.
 
Tom T. said:
I'm sorry, but Trek Leopard is really a bunch of whiny b**ches. Fabian, why didn't you try to neutralize the stage then you big prima donna.
That's OK. They do take a poor second second place though to the b*tch of of whines, Cavendish.
 
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Cimber said:
Havent found anything offcialt just various media reporting it and Fuglsang tweeting "Good to hear that his is out!"

Anyways it definately was the moto's fault. No doubt about it. If he wants to pass the peloton its his responsibility, especially after being asked not to do it by another rider just prior to the incident.
not sure considering the motorcyclist rode on the verge and didn't alter his line.
 

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