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.”