Cyclist crashes into barbed wire fence, finishes race

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Jul 10, 3:48 PM EDT
BC-CYC--Tour de France-Hoogerland
Riders sideswiped by car in Tour de France
Eds: Updates with quote from organizers; adds photo links.
AP Photo PDJ167, PDJ178, PDJ179, PDJ113
By GREG KELLER
Associated Press

SAINT-FLOUR, France (AP) - If they gave a colored jersey for
flying distance, Dutch Tour de France racer Johnny Hoogerland might
be wearing it.
Hoogerland, 28, went soaring after an official Tour car
sideswiped him and companion in a day-long escape group that was
only 35 kilometers from the finish.
The Vacansoleil rider was sent flying off his bike, only to have
his fall broken by a barbed wire fence alongside the road.
Hoogerland "was lying in a barb wire fence, his pants got
completely off, he was completely naked," team sports director
Michel Cornelisse said after the race.
Cornelisse said the rider "has some deep cuts in both legs and
was bleeding very much."
Both Hoogerland and the other rider involved in the crash, Team
Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha, managed to get back on their bikes and
complete the race, finishing over 16 minutes behind the stage
winner, Luis-Leon Sanchez of Spain.
Hoogerland was taken to hospital, but not before taking the
winner's podium to accept the red and white polka dot jersey he
captured as the new leader in the King of the Mountains competition.
"There's a lot of work to do on him. It's good tomorrow is a
rest day," Cornelisse said.
Hoogerland's teammate Romain Feillu criticized the number of
following vehicles on the race course.
"There's probably a bit too many press motorcycles on the
course... These are really some small roads."
Last week, a photographer's motorcycle hit Danish rider Nicki
Sorensen in a dramatic accident that sent the Saxo Bank cyclist
skidding along the roadside while the motorbike dragged away his
bike. Race organizers barred that driver from continuing to cover
the race, and there are repeated calls for repercussions after the
latest crash.
Flecha's team manager, Dave Brailsford, said he is considering a
formal complaint.
"We might bring the matter forward tomorrow, but tonight we are
not making comments", the Sky team manager said.
Tour organizers later called the driver's actions "intolerable"
and banned the car and its driver from the rest of the race. In a
statement, organizers said that the driver ignored a warning to let
one of the team cars pass to bring a water bottle to rider Thomas
Voeckler.
"The car completely ignored this order, continuing forward and
causing the crash of the two riders," the statement said.
Cornelisse said that until his rider was hit, "We really
believed in a stage victory." Hoogerland and the other riders in
the escape group had built a lead of around six minutes on the main
group of riders including Thor Hushovd in the yellow jersey. "Now
we have nothing, only the mountain jersey," Cornelisse said.
Hoogerland, nicknamed "The Bull from Beveland" because of a
prominent charging bull tattoo on his left bicep, is determined to
try again once racing resumes after Monday's rest day.
"He was already talking about attacking again," Cornelisse
said.
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It was really shitty of the guy driving the team car, if there was a tree coming up, just hit the fucking brakes. Props to Hoogerland for finishing the stage. There have been some huge wrecks this week, along with Vinokourov breaking his pelvis after flying off a hill into some trees.
 

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its a bike race, why are their cars. if the race is longer than you can ride a bike without needing assistance from a car and extra water than its not a bike race, its a dual sport car bike combo race.
 
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It was really shitty of the guy driving the team car, if there was a tree coming up, just hit the fucking brakes. Props to Hoogerland for finishing the stage. There have been some huge wrecks this week, along with Vinokourov breaking his pelvis after flying off a hill into some trees.
Contador has crashed like 5 times. Reminds me of Lance last year when he kept crashing and finished 2nd. He prolly wouda won without those falls.

Edit: I was thinking of 2 years ago when he finished 3rd.
 

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Contador has crashed like 5 times. Reminds me of Lance last year when he kept crashing and finished 2nd. He prolly wouda won without those falls.
But it serves him right for what Contador did to Schleck last year. Contador is a great athlete but a piece of shit human being.

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its a bike race, why are their cars. if the race is longer than you can ride a bike without needing assistance from a car and extra water than its not a bike race, its a dual sport car bike combo race.
It's not a pure enough sport because they get water? What's a sport that doesn't allow participants to drink water?
 

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It's not a pure enough sport because they get water? What's a sport that doesn't allow participants to drink water?
No, it's not. You don't see a car following Marathoner's, do you? How about a motorcycle at the 50 yard line for kick returners in the NFL.

Just carry your own water and keep the cars off the course fag's.
 

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No, it's not. You don't see a car following Marathoner's, do you? How about a motorcycle at the 50 yard line for kick returners in the NFL.

Just carry your own water and keep the cars off the course fag's.
Really? No, wait, really? The Tour along with all the other cycle races are some of the longest endurance races that exist. Marathons last a day, the TDF lasts almost a month with god damn mountains involved. Each stage lasts hundreds of kilometers. If a rider gets a flat tire/mechanical problem or needs a bag of supplies or water that is what the cars are there for.
 

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Really? They do this non-stop? Ok, I thought they just raced for a couple of hours then hit a hotel. Since they are riding for days on end I guess you would need some help.
 

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No, it's not. You don't see a car following Marathoner's, do you? How about a motorcycle at the 50 yard line for kick returners in the NFL.
You really, honestly don't think it's retarded to claim that cyclists get more outside assistance during the race than NFL players do during a game?

You understand that NFL teams have people on the staff with the specific job of pouring water into players' mouths during games, so that they don't have to bother holding the water themselves?
 

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Yeah dip shit, but not DURING THE FUCKING PLAY WHILE RUNNING OVER THE COMPETITION WITH THE CAR.
In cycling, the "plays" last for hours if not days... not thirty seconds.

It may not be running the competition over with a car, but in football you've got this sort of malarky going on...

 

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But somehow people are able to run for over two hours without cars driving all over the course. I guess spandex wearing bike riders are just PUSSIES!
 

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Take a month off work and ride about 200 miles every day, then call them pussies for having support cars.
 

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Bottom line is, this is a sport with 99.9999% white people.

If slave trading isn't involved, it's not a sport.

Kidding aside, it's still not a sport. It's a recreational activity that can be competitive. It's a competition, not a sport.

A sport is a game of physical contact which simulates war. If it does not simulate war, it is not a sport.
 

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First young person ever in the tour this year:

 

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But somehow people are able to run for over two hours without cars driving all over the course. I guess spandex wearing bike riders are just PUSSIES!
This from a guy who is too lazy to remove a fallen tree from his sidewalk.
 

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Bottom line is, this is a sport with 99.9999% white people.

If slave trading isn't involved, it's not a sport.

Kidding aside, it's still not a sport. It's a recreational activity that can be competitive. It's a competition, not a sport.

A sport is a game of physical contact which simulates war. If it does not simulate war, it is not a sport.
It's a race. Any competition timed by a clock is a race.
 

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A sport is a game of physical contact which simulates war. If it does not simulate war, it is not a sport.
So baseball, tennis, and basketball arent sports, they are just competitive recreational activities.
 

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So baseball, tennis, and basketball arent sports, they are just competitive recreational activities.
Those are all sports because rising to a top level in those fields requires extreme physicality... although baseball is a little iffy... but I'd still say it's a sport because hitting a baseball thrown by a professional pitcher is supposed to be one of the most difficult skills to master in all sports.

There are some "recreational activities" that just don't, and won't ever, rise to the level of "sport"... golf, bowling, car racing, etc...

Darts and shooting pool... definitely not sports... no sports are happening inside a bar. Fishing, hunting... shooting guns and arrows and shit like that... not sports. If you can do it while sporting a big beer gut, it ain't a sport.

Goofy shit that has to be judged... like cheerleading, gymnastics and ballroom dancing and shit like that... seriously, stop it... that crap isn't sports.

Swimming... timed by a clock... which makes it a race.
 

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