Friday File: Tour de France Weekend Sale, Dog Gone, Sorensens' digits, Soler Retires & Manx Missile

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Philippe Gilbert had caused to be pissed giving his rage to the owner's of that big black dog that wandered on the course knocking him off his bike. Denis Menchov was also forced off his bike and onto the road. BMC's John Lelangue held back his angry rider and led him back to the team car. Fortunately, Gilbert finished the stage only with bruises and not a broken wrist first feared. A dangerous situation where dogs are loose on the course and accidents often happen. Which begs the question, Why wasn't that dog on a lead?

Can you blame him?
via twitter

Yesterday's stage 17 was drama this time for Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff). He suffered ugly cuts to his fingers trying to dislodge a piece of newspaper from his front wheel. I didn't see it but I saw the bloody aftermath. Surgery is needed but the courageous Dane did finish today's stage 18.

The Manx Missile put it into high gear by overtaking the breakaway group of Sanchez and the unlucky Nicolas Roche to win today's stage 18. Sky was on top again and what was equally impressive was the  lead out by Wiggins. Cavendish has 22 Tour stage wins equaling the great sprinter, André Darrigade.

The Missile explodes...

...equaling André Darrigade!
courtesy Henri Pourcelot

Sadly, one of my favorite riders Mauricio Soler has announced his retirement. After a year since his horrific crash and with encouraging signs of progressing, the 2007 KOMs champion said he won't return to competition.

I will miss his exploits in the mountains!


racejunkie said…
I'm also so sad Soler is retiring--what a great climber, and clearly, a true champion. Best wishes to him in his continued recovery!
Richard said…
Yes best wishes to him! He will be missed!