Tuesday, July 05, 2005
An inexplicable fall?
ZABRISKIE AFTER THE FALL. This AFP photo shows a CSC manager helping American David Zabriskie back on a new bike after an initially inexplicable crash within 1200 meters of the stage finish earlier today. Teammates and witnesses say he accidentally clipped the wheel of a teammate and tumbled into barricades. Whatever the cause, with the fall, Zabriskie loses the Yellow Jersey, finds himself in 9th place, and 1'26" behind the new Tour de France leader--Lance Armstrong. The extent of Zabriskie's injuries are not yet known; it is uncertain if he will or will not line up for Stage 5 tomorrow. Before the fall, Zabriskie was leading his CSC team on a pace that was slightly faster than Discovery Channel. After his fall, they lost the 67.5 km team time trial by only 2 seconds. Tough day at the office, don't you think?
Zabriskie made a terrible mistake, and paid the price. I feel sorry for him; this was not even a mistake that is educational, other than as a reminder that the yellow jersey confers no special immunity from the consequences of less-than-perfect execution.
Though I'm really unhappy he fell and lost the jersey, I'm relieved that he got up and kept riding.
maybe you should check your facts before going on about the mistakes of Zabriskie. First of all it was quite obvious that he didn't clip the wheel of the rider in front of him, unless he magically clipped a wheel that was half a bike length in front of him. Secondly, he was a least a foot from the baricade when it happened, so the railing isn't to blame either.
If he didn't clip the wheel, then he just lost control.
Which is worse?
Edited because of conflicting information. I guess we'll never really know what happened. Either he had a mechanical problem (which seems the most likely) or, as OLN stated Riis said, he bumped his elbow and his knee and twisted the bars.
At least the injuries weren't worse.