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Old 06-07-09, 08:33 PM   #1
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Goodbye Nelson

Gordan, the labrador retriever who crashed the 2007 Tour de France, has gone on to doggy heaven.



There is an absolutely wonderful segment telling about Gordan's life before and after the accident on Animal Planet. It airs tonight on a show called Untamed and Uncut.
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Here's the video from Gordan's Tour de France accident.


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Animal Planet,...

please check your local listings.
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Poor pup. Labs are great.
Amazing how quickly that wheel tacos.
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Old 06-07-09, 08:44 PM   #5
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Here's the video from Gordan's Tour de France accident.





Animal Planet,...

please check your local listings.
Just don't read the comments with the video, they'll make your brain bleed.
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Just don't read the comments with the video, they'll make your brain bleed.

Absolutely agree.

that's why the segment on Animal Planet is a must see

Gordan led a great life and had a wonderful story before the accident. How he was involved with the Tour de France crash will make you smile,....
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ah..ok, i remember seeing this..
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ah..ok, i remember seeing this..



You haven't seen this particular segment..............

Gordan enjoyed skydiving before the accident and was already famous throughout Europe.



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ok, maybe not, but i do remember him getting hit and how that wheel just taco'd.
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So...was he killed after running out in front of a car?

Someone needs to beat the idiot owner that brought his dog to a bicycle race sans leash.
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So...was he killed after running out in front of a car?

Someone needs to beat the idiot owner that brought his dog to a bicycle race sans leash.
Not what happened at all.

Watch the Animal Planet show (it's on right now) and see for yourself......
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I don't watch TV. Can you just give us the gist of it?
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I don't watch TV. Can you just give us the gist of it?
For you, SBW, sure. Let me watch it again and jot down facts and I'll give the best report I can.

Still, worth watching for those of you who can.
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I like the closing statement in this video.

Considering it's happened before, I stand by my statement that Gordan's owner is an idiot. I could really care less about the dog. I hope the cyclist he took out sued the owner and won big.
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I like the closing statement in this video.

Considering it's happened before, I stand by my statement that Gordan's owner is an idiot. I could really care less about the dog. I hope the cyclist he took out sued the owner and won big.
Fine, don't watch the segment. However, those who do, will know your statement for what it is,.....
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They said the collapsing CF wheel absorbed the crash energy and surely spared the dog serious injury. I would expect the action of the folding wheel also lessened the impact for the bike racer as well, who got a replacement bicycle and resumed racing immediately after this crash.

And nobody got hurt.
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I must admit I did not watch the segment, but please enlighten me.

What could they possibly have shown that redeemed a negligent dog owner from quite stupidly endangering a professional cyclist during a race?
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I must admit I did not watch the segment, but please enlighten me.

What could they possibly have shown that redeemed a negligent dog owner from quite stupidly endangering a professional cyclist during a race?
Dude, give it up. You aren't impressing anyone.
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Dude, give it up. You aren't impressing anyone.
Judge Judy would disagree.

I could personally care less whether it is a "famous" dog on the loose under my tires or just a Joe Lunchpail dog. Someone is still responsible for the dog.
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I don't watch TV. Can you just give us the gist of it?
ok.

Hopefully soon you'll be able to see the video posted on the Animal Planet site or somewhere like youtube.
It's really great,... I asked wolfpack to watch it and she did (thank you)

First, his name was Nelson, not Gordan (?) No clue where I got the impression his name was Gordan but his owner is French, the accent, not really sure.

His parents were the Roches, famous for adventures in Europe and Nelson spent his early years skydiving with the family. (The video from the segment is really cute and a must see)

In 2007, Nelson was nine, getting on up there in age for a yellow lab and beginning to be a little deaf. (maybe quite a bit deaf) The Tour was coming right through his little village and the entire family was watching the cyclists from their porch.

Nelson was enjoying the race from his favorite spot on the porch. His Dad went to take photos and left Nelson with other members of the family.

You can see some of this coming. Everyone gets wrapped up in the excitement of the stage. Nelson was used to obeying the French word for "come on" Alle Alle (?) Help me here, someone,.....

Well, the whole crowd begins this chant and poor Nelson thinks his master is calling for him....

Walks right into the T- mobile cyclist.

No matter your opinion of what could, or couldn't have been done to prevent the accident, it's a really nice story showing there was a lot more to Nelson and his life than just a one minute clip from the Tour de France that none of us who watched it will ever forget.

Rest in peace, Nelson.
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Judge Judy would disagree.

I could personally care less whether it is a "famous" dog on the loose under my tires or just a Joe Lunchpail dog. Someone is still responsible for the dog.
Cool story, bro.
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Judge Judy would disagree.
I love the snippy, sarcastic "Make sure your dog is on a leash at all times!" in the interview at the end. Um, yes? That's kind of the point?
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I do feel that I owe Airwick an apology.

I am truly sorry if I crapped all over your thread with my opinion, but I do feel strongly about this issue. I live in a town that is somewhat famous for a little boy that was mauled by dogs left on the loose, despite very clear laws restricting it, and also despite the fact that the owners were well aware their dogs had caused problems in the past, yet til the end denied any responsibility. The little boy will never be the same again, having his scalp peeled from his scull and many, many painful plastic surgeries to get him back to anything approaching a normal appearance...not even considering the psychological trauma he'll carry with him the rest of his life

This is in no way saying that Norman the lab being discussed was some sort of vicious animal, but it is apparent that in his older years could be confused and wander off. For his protection his owner should've been paying a bit more attention or made better provision for his care, a job he signed on for life. Had either the cyclist or poor old Norman been seriously injured, this would be an entirely different story.
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Should the dog have been leashed with the TdF blasting through? Of course. But it was one of those things, and older dog who probably smelled his loved one on the other side of the road and started to walk towards him (the nephew) but was too blind/deaf to sense the peloton hurtling through.
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I got into a 30 MPH sprint with a man eater yesterday - he wouldn't give up. When the three guys I was riding with got to the dog he was too tuckered out to chase. Too bad about the lab - ha, not really, he got his...
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