I find it absolutely amazing that Ekimov raced in the 1990 Tour de France...and is still racing at such a very high level today.....his recent injury not withstanding. I mean this guy...had he not crashed...would be in the 2005 Tour de France...having also done it in 1990.
I saw a recent pic of Ekimov just before his crash and I can tell you he was as hard as a rock. He looked like a warrior
I hope he bounces back from his injuries and comes back to do 2 more tours. That would give him the all time record over Joop Zoetemelk...whom I believe Eki would have tied this year. They say Zoetemelk could have came back to do it once more at a very high level but decided to retire. I think he was nearly 40 years old when he won the rainbow jersey as World Road Champion.