Counting the Casualties

Crash on the Stockeau takes toll on peloton

An injured Christian Vande Velde at the finish of Stage 2.

Few riders escaped the carnage in today’s 125-mile Stage 2 of the Tour de France. The pileup occurred on the wet, narrow descent of the Col de Stockeau. A cyclist crashed and an official tour motorcycle slid out to avoid hitting the rider. By the time the peloton came flying down the mountain toward the accident, the road was rain-soaked and covered in motor oil. Just about all 196 riders hit the pavement. Some fared better than others. In a post-race tweet, Lance Armstrong said he lost skin on his hip and elbow. Tour hopeful Christian Vande Velde cut his eye on a pole, broke some ribs and he’s now heading back home to Illinois. VeloNews has a long list of the casualties.

By the time the Tour reaches Paris in three weeks, there should be plenty of scabs to pick.

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