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    Now This Is How To HTFU

    Finish a time trial with a BROKEN FEMUR.....


    and still get 8th place!!!!!!!!


    "A bad crash in the time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico left Linus Gerdemann (High Road) with a broken femur. He told radsport-news.com that he will have surgery on Monday, in Innsbruck/Austria and is likely out of competition for six weeks. This may also dampen his hopes for the Tour de France.

    The German had just passed Danilo Di Luca, who started one minute before him, when he touched the barriers in a corner and did a somersault. The crash happened less than two kilometres from the finish. He also hit and badly bruised his tibia on the curb. After the race, the High Road rider was taken away in an ambulance to a nearby hospital.

    He said that "when I checked out the course beforehand, I thought I could ride it on the handle bar [in the time trial position - ed.] I was going about 60km/h and somehow slipped."

    Doubly bad luck for Gerdemann was fact that he seemed to be en route to winning the race. "Based on the intermediate times I probably would have finished second to Cancellara. That would have been enough for overall victory. And that without real preparation." Gerdemann had a 30-second lead over Cancellara going into the time trial. Eventual runner-up, David Zabriskie (Slipstream Chipotle - H30) ended the race 22 seconds behind the Swiss rider. Gerdemann did manage to get up and finish the race, 1'16 behind Cancellara."

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    I've had a ton of respect for Gerdemann since last year's TdF Stage 7. He was climbing the Colombière in a two-man breakaway, then shot away from the other guy (Fovonov) as if he were standing still 5k from the top. He descended like a madman with his torso more or less below the saddle, and solo'd into a first-place finish with a huge circle of salt around his lips from dehydration. He didn't even get off the bike before he was carried into a trailer for, I hope, rehydrating. It was impressive and a half.
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    If there were long-term bets in Vegas, I would bet that Gerdemann will have a podium finish in the TdF in his cycling career, if not win it at least once. He's got a bright future ahead of him!
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    Yeah, that is pretty damn hard. It is too bad we won't be seeing too much of him this spring. Has there been any word on if he'll be ready by Dauphine Libere?
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    his helmet was on crooked during the final k's of stage 7. that was both irritating and endearing. i was hoping to see linus, george, and rogers in the tour. hopefully, it will still happen that way.

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    i rode 20 miles with a broken collarbone almost popping out of my shoulder this past November. does that count for anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djbowen1 View Post
    i rode 20 miles with a broken collarbone almost popping out of my shoulder this past November. does that count for anything?
    Nope
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    Quote Originally Posted by djbowen1 View Post
    i rode 20 miles with a broken collarbone almost popping out of my shoulder this past November. does that count for anything?
    That's why God gave you two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelmc View Post
    I've had a ton of respect for Gerdemann since last year's TdF Stage 7. He was climbing the Colombière in a two-man breakaway, then shot away from the other guy (Fovonov) as if he were standing still 5k from the top. He descended like a madman with his torso more or less below the saddle, and solo'd into a first-place finish with a huge circle of salt around his lips from dehydration. He didn't even get off the bike before he was carried into a trailer for, I hope, rehydrating. It was impressive and a half.
    having been on the colombiere a few km from the top i have to agree!!
    (although i was watching my first stage, so i was impressed by just about everything...)

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    holy crap, thats ridiculous. Very cool post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djbowen1 View Post
    i rode 20 miles with a broken collarbone almost popping out of my shoulder this past November. does that count for anything?
    not unless you pedal your bike at 90-110 RPM with your shoulder.

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    [QUOTE=esammuli;6364537]Finish a time trial with a BROKEN FEMUR.....


    and still get 8th place!!!!!!!!


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    Dope

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    Dope
    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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