Polka Dot Champion

Courage Johnny!

The media and fans have already given the courageous Johnny Hoogerland the title ...hero.

Ever since his date with destiny on stage 9, he has to nurse 33 stitches to his wounds. And, he's had only 10 hours of sleep in the past two days as he tries to heal under the pain from his fall into the barbed wire fence. Fierce as the competitor he is, Hoogerland is dismissing the hero label and says that he's only trying to survive.

Encouraged by the roadside fans and boosted by wearing the polka dot jersey, the Dutchman riding for Vancansoleil finished todays stage 10 in 111th place 5'59" behind stage winner Andre Greipel. A fantastic result keeping his KOM classification lead.

The next challenge is for him to survive the Pyrenean stages starting Thursday. A massive challenge ...perhaps. For now, Johnny Hogerland's hero worship is growing!