stage 14+tacks+robert kiserlovski=what a shame
so the most dramatic aspect of today's stage at the tour wasn't an attack on the final climb. it wasn't a daring descent to the finish. it wasn't the peloton chasing down a break with 500m to go and an ensuing sprint to the line. it was the chaos resulting from some one peppering the summit of the final climb with tacks. while the broadcast covered the race for yellow, and the politics between pierre roland, lotto, liquigas, and bmc, another story was unfolding as a result of a tack induced punctures.
briefly, the camera showed astana rider robert kiserlovski, a 25 year old croatian, sitting on the side of the road holding his shoulder. kiserlovski had fallen victim to one of the tacks, and crashed hard while descending on a rapidly deflating tire. the result - a likely broken collarbone.
the injury is a shame for kiserlovski, who is in the midst of a career year and was on track to complete his first tour de france. 2012 season highlights include a 5th at fleche wallone, a 9th place overall ranking at paris-nice, and a 7th place overall ranking at volta a catalunya where he finished with the same time as gt contenders damiano cunego, denis menchov, juregen van den broeck, and dan martin. kiserlovski has also animated many of the stages in this year's tour, and finished 5th out of the stage 12 breakaway.
the suspected broken collarbone also likely ends the olympic bid for kiserlovski who was already named to the croatian 2012 squad - it would have been his first olympics.
pathetic that someone would put tacks on the road, especially at a spot where the riders are so vulnerable to injury in the instance of a puncture. if they find the guy who did this, he should face criminal charges for the injuries sustained by kiserlovski.