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What a STAGE!(8 posts)

What a STAGE!El Guapo
Jul 14, 2003 7:13 AM
Beloki crashed spectacularly less than 4k from the finish. He has since been taken to the hospital and dropped from the Tour. Lance somehow road through the hairpin in the dirt to avoid spilling as well. Hope Joseba isn't too bad off.
Jul 14, 2003 7:17 AM
I'm jumping out of my skin at the office to get home and watch coverage. Phil & Paul went bonkers when Beloki went off the road. LA's site says he dismounted/carried the bike, got back on the road. Audio coverage says the chase pack waited for LA to get back on (as LA for Ullrich 2 years ago).

WHAT A STAGE! LA only 20sec in the yellow jersey. Drama, indeed!

Read this JS if you want to know what happened before watching..amflyer
Jul 14, 2003 7:36 AM
Beloki went sideways, corrected, rolled hiss tire and went down hard on his hip and elbow. Armstrong was right behind, took a path off the road to stay clear. He looked back a bit, then took off across the field that spanned the hairpin corner, riding, not running! To get back on the road, he dismounted, picked up the bike, and jumped across the ditch. Pretty much stayed right with the lead group. Hamilton reached out as if to say "Okay bud?" as he went by, but it didn't look like they slowed too much, but probably some. Beloki has a really bad elbow wound, but hit real hard on his hip too. He was crying in the arms of his couch from crashing out. Freakin' heartbreaker to hear that. This is turning into the best tour since '89 IMHO.

Get home and watch that sucka.
thanksJS Haiku Shop
Jul 14, 2003 7:44 AM
sounds worse than even the live audio coverage made it out to be. seems LA was lucky not to have been taken down by Beloki or mother nature. ouch. now i am really itching to get home.

He rode through the dirt and gravel between the switchback...El Guapo
Jul 14, 2003 7:38 AM
Must have gone 50 yards or so through less than suitable terrain. He had to dismount to climb down a small ledge to get back on the road. Beloki's crash looked BAD. He lost the rear wheel coming into a right hander that was setting up a left switchback. The rear wheel shot left, then back around to the right, then to the left again. Beloki was tank slapped onto the pavement. No movement. Looked like a very likely concussion. Hope that's all there is. Beloki seemed to be showing a lot of attacking spirit this tour. Looks like Armstrong's offseason CycleX training did him a WORLD of good. I sure hope LeBlanc doesn't penalize Armstrong for cutting a switchback.
Jul 14, 2003 3:08 PM
I have been working from home in the mornings while the tour is on, but I didn't get much work done this morning. Now it is about time to go home again and watch it all over again :-).

Best stage so far.
Epic, epic, epic!fcebedo
Jul 14, 2003 7:46 AM
'maybe we will have an easy day today...' said Bruyneel before the stage. Not on the greatest tour of late.

My heart goes out to Beloki. The heartbreak that guy must be feeling right now. You are a great rider and good man. Nothing but respect for you.

Big Gain for Vino!Eman
Jul 14, 2003 8:05 AM
Just when it was starting to look like Joseba & Lance would reel him in, Joseba is out of the race & Vino is the only contender who doesn't lose time because of the crash. Not his doing, but Vinokourov picked up 30 s to a minute on the yellow jersey and now has to be considered a real threat.