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World CX Championship photos up on Graham Watson's website...(7 posts)

World CX Championship photos up on Graham Watson's website...Cima Coppi
Feb 5, 2002 8:22 AM
They are as awesome as ever. I hope he puts more photos up.

Answered my question about...triangleforge
Feb 5, 2002 10:44 AM
... what exactly happened with Vervecken. All of the accounts I read mentioned that he was with the leaders until he was taken out by a mechanical problem. Yup, I would imagine a snapped-off rear derailleur would qualify!

Does anyone know what actually broke on Vervecken's bike...Cima Coppi
Feb 5, 2002 1:45 PM
Was it the removable derailleur hanger, or the bolt that holds the derailleur to the hanger?? Do we have a similar situation to what happened to Tyler Hamilton during the TdF?


the boltbn
Feb 6, 2002 4:33 AM
his chain got wrapped up and it looks like he stripped out the bolt. in the pics you can see the hanger is intact
what happened with Vervecken was...Setzer
Feb 6, 2002 1:12 PM
His derailleur got caught in wheel or something and then we all know what happens. I didn't see it happen but Belgium/Dutch national television showed Vervecken walking away with his bike shouldered. He showed to be a true sportsman when he had to put his bike down from a plateau (±1metre diference). He just put it over with care (unlike a certain german TdF timetrail rider with shifting problems). It would have been somewhat understandeble to be angry and frustrated and blame the bike and not being to gentle with it, but he stayed cool.
Anyway before it broke down this is what happened:
he was already having problems with his chain in the laps before the fatal incident, right after the descent his chain jumped of. After he switched to his spare bike, for this it happened again on the exact same point. Later in that lap he would have pull out of the race with broken derailleur.
It was real sad to see the defending world champion have to pull out like that. He did have a good shot at a podium spot. The people just stood and watched him leaving the course, doing or saying nothing. He used one of the crossing point for spectators to leave the course.
Belgium TV later showed him putting his bike in the car and take of with a spare bike, I guess to leave everthing behind.
So that is what happened.

Thanks for the explanation....Cima Coppi
Feb 7, 2002 6:36 AM
It's good to know he did not get so frustrated with so much on the line, but then the Belgian's are known for keeping their cool.

As for the Telekom time trialist who tossed his brand new Pinarello Blade into a ditch, you are thinking of Bjarne Riis (who is Danish), not Jan Ullrich.

Feb 7, 2002 10:32 AM
thanks for correcting me on the bike tossing guy. Guess it was easy for me to say he's german 'cause Telekom is german team, wrong.
The belgium are generaly nice people, appart from soccer and cx we can get along very well. With the germans only the soccer thing even is worst. We have a saying that: Soccer is real simple game, you play two 45min halfs and in the end the germans win.
The belgiums speak better Dutch ( or Flemish) then us ourselves, that's why they always win in language gameshows:(.
Anyway thanks of correcting me CC.