Friday, July 17, 2009

TdF: stages 12-13

Not too much happened on stage 13 with the GC. Nicki Sørensen won the stage solo after attacking a breakaway:

This is Sørensen's 7th Tour participation, and this was his first Tour stage win.

The only major thing that happened was a crash 1.5 mi from the finish line, which included Levi Leipheimer, who broke his wrist after hitting a curb. He unfortunately did not start the next day (today).

A team press officer said:
[Leipheimer] wasn't too bad last night but this morning, the pain was too much. We took him to the hospital in Vittel, where scans revealed a transversal fracture of the scaphoid bone of the wrist. He is still in hospital now. He will certainly want to go home as soon as possible, but we haven't organised a flight yet.
He is scheduled for surgery today, and will be missed by his team.

Friday's stage 14 returned to some major climbs, but again it was a breakaway of "insignificant" riders that prevailed in the rain. Heinrich Haussler broke away from his breakaway companions to win the stage, and was crying as he crossed the finish line.

Lance is still 8 seconds back in the overall classification.

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