We all know that cycling is sport that has battled many black eyes over the past few years. Top racers have been banned from the sport, and stripped of major wins, due to the use of performance enhancing drugs. But I think that what occurred in yesterday’s Presidential Tour of Turkey may be the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in cycling ever, and possibly all of sports. Check out the YouTube clip below to see what I’m talking about.
The clip is rather long, but sets up the intensity of the race. If you want to see the specific incident to which I’m referring, then jump to the 3:40 point to see a rider for Team Rabobank reach out and grab race leader Daryl Impey of South Africa, and literally hurl him off his bike and into the barricades that line the course.
International sports site SuperSport.com is reporting that Impey suffered “a fracture of the third disk of his lumbar vertebra, a micro-fracture of his neck, a facial trauma, a few broken teeth and a deep cut in his lips.” He is reportedly being held for observation. Because the crash occurred so close to the finish line, by rule, Impey was awarded the same time as the stage winner, Sebastian Siedler, so he ended up still winning the race. A bittersweet victory if I’ve ever seen one.
I haven’t heard yet who the rider was that grabbed Impey, but a lifetime ban should be in order, in my opinion. Big thanks to Lisa over at AR.co.za for the video and follow-up report on this story. Crazy!
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