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    The Cobra bites the dust

    Well, more like "he bites the road", but whatever.

    Anyway, I don't like him, but he's a ****ing fighter - he crashed into a parked motorcycle today at full speed with ~10km to go in a 26km time trial, and still finished the stage despite being covered in blood, a broken nose and who knows what else and still defended his leader's jersey. Incredible. That's the stuff that really makes me feel like a wimp.

    I hope they let him ride in the Tour again some time in the future.




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    Man that is brutal! fighter for sure,most would have went to the hospital.

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    Well at least they do not need a needle to take a blood sample.

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    Damn, I'd heard about his crash, but I didn't know it was that severe, or that he finished under such difficult circumstances. I've never been a fan of Ricco's. In fact, I think he has often acted like an arrogant a-hole. Regardless, I have to give him credit for continuing on and defending his jersey. That's pretty hard core.

    It reminds me of the time when Roberto Heras crashed during the Vuelta (except that I wouldn't describe Heras as arrogant). There was a picture of him hanging on to the medical car, with blood streaming down his leg, as the doctor tried to staple the wound closed. Most people wouldn't go to work at a desk job with a wound like that, let alone racing a bicycle.
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    no kidding! that's just gruesome...but he finished the last stage with a broken nose and stitches and was obviously in pain. IN a way, fortunate it happened on the second to last day. All he had to do was drag himself through the last road stage ...but it must be horrible, no real painkillers except maybe tylenol. Now he can go take it easy and pop pain pills for a few days!
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