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I guess this shows that Assos doesn't hold up.(8 posts)

I guess this shows that Assos doesn't hold up.MR_GRUMPY
Jul 16, 2003 11:58 AM
there's an even better one on the Reuters sitelonefrontranger
Jul 16, 2003 5:01 PM
It's of him being tended to after he crosses the line. I won't post it here as it's not PG rated.

He's at least kept his sense of humor intact. Today's quote from

>Despite losing a lot of skin on his body after a bad crash on the third stage, Austrian Rene Haselbacher apparently hasn't lost his sense of humour. "Two days ago I felt like an 80 year old. Today I feel like a 60 year old," said the Gerolsteiner sprinter before the start of the last stage before today's
rest day. And he even describes his crash in the same light tone. "If I were a car, I'd call it a write-off. Seventy percent of the body is dented."

Haselbacher finished fourth or fifth on the stage yesterday. Yeah I know Tyler is superhuman, and to some extent Haselbacher is a victim of his own overzealousness in the sprint, but I must say I do admire his ability to ride the Tour with no skin left on his arse.
NICE!!rollo tommassi
Jul 17, 2003 8:22 AM
I'd like to kiss that and make it better!!
yeah, you and about ten thousand other chicks...lonefrontranger
Jul 17, 2003 8:09 PM
I saw the whole thing live and in super slo-mo. He was not a happy camper. If he has any skin left on either buttcheek, I'd be amazed.

Here's a shot of him from the start of Stage 3, before he ripped most of his clothing off on the curb; I'd say he's okay if you go for the scruffy crazed Rasputin type thing (tho Viggo Mortensen has done a lot for bringing back this look, no?), and he definitely has very pretty legs, always a plus.

Actually, I'd say Mr. H. is VERY fortunate not to have rearranged his face on the barricades, a'la Lotz in Stage 1, or more memorably, JaJa in the infamous Armentieres gendarme crash of '94.
note also that like any good pro sprinter, he shaves his armslonefrontranger
Jul 18, 2003 4:56 AM
Any serious elite and/or pro sprinter tends to do this, for the same reason they shave their legs. Helps the road rash heal. If you're a sprinter, it's basically accepted as fact that you will rub your body along the pavement at regular intervals.
What was he doing when he crashed?pack_fodder
Jul 17, 2003 3:08 PM
It looked like from the angle of the TV coverage that he was leaning into Cooke (I think) and that he got too far over to the side and went down. Did anyone else see?
Jul 17, 2003 7:34 PM
Haselbacher made a nice practical demonstration why this isn't such a brilliant plan - when the person you're leaning on swerves away (or shoots through the gap as McEwen did, leaving him naught but air to lean on), you go splat.
Jul 18, 2003 12:15 PM
"you go splat"

You have such a gift for words! I love the descriptions you provide (race reports, tactics, events, whatever!)

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