Rogers out of Tour de France

Kramer 16 July 2007 6

Yesterday, in the 8th stage of the Tour de France, which was the second day in the French Alps, Canberra’s Michael Rogers was forced to disband after a huge crash at over 60kmh. At the time of the crash he was in contention for the (leaders) yellow jersey, travelling on a very quick section of road on the descent of the Cormet de Roselend when he failed to negotiate a tight corner. He sustained a dislocated collar bone, but attempted to continue the race. About 40 minutes later he was overcome by pain and forced to retire. For more details checkout the SBS Tour de France website.

It was a horror day for fellow Aussies as Stuart O’Grady retired following a huge crash on the same descent, and Robbie McEwen was eliminated after taking too long to complete the stage. In total 8 riders either abandoned the race or were eliminated yesterday.

At least Rogers is fairly upbeat about the whole thing as he said “But honestly, I can’t complain because that’s cycling.”

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6 Responses to Rogers out of Tour de France
test test 10:41 pm 16 Jul 07

…and now I have to go to sleep this evening without my nightly TdF fix!

Kramer Kramer 3:41 pm 16 Jul 07

“But one can understand that a dislocated shoulder is an injury you can’t just ride through!”

After crashing heavily halfway down the Thredbo downhill mountain bike course, I scraped myself off the mountain, and rode (in great pain) down the mountain and back to my lodge. I thought I had dislocated my shoulder, but I had actually done the opposite – ramming it into the socket – severely bruising the entire shoulder in an area the size of a basketball.

I tried to go back out after having an ice pack on it for an hour, but I couldn’t get my arm into my jersey. So it was off to the medical centre for the afternoon.

Kramer Kramer 3:36 pm 16 Jul 07

I think if he had not crashed, Rogers would have been in yellow. I believe at the time of the crash, he was infront of the breakaway.

“didn’t one of the aussies break 8 ribs or something”

Yep, Stuart O’Grady. Initially they thought he had spinal injuries after his huge crash. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with broken ribs, and a suspected punctured lung.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 3:30 pm 16 Jul 07

didn’t one of the aussies break 8 ribs or something.. youch

shiny flu shiny flu 3:16 pm 16 Jul 07

I doubt he would have won the stage, Rasmussen was obviously a man possessed- but he would have definitely been ahead of the other pre-race favourites. But one can understand that a dislocated shoulder is an injury you can’t just ride through!

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 2:28 pm 16 Jul 07

A shame, as if he had not fallen, he could have won the stage, and been a genuine contender for the yellow jersey for the rest of the tour.

However, he’s still young and can now start preparing for the 2008 tour (and/or Olympic Games depending on where priorities lie)

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