Sunday, May 18, 2008
Giro Stage 8: Hitting the Deck
By - Graham Watson
There's nothing like a close call to sharpen a cyclist's concentration, and Alberto Contador had his today – hopefully with no signs of permanent injury.
The Spaniard was having a harmless chat with a mate from Saunier Duval when he hit the deck on a sharp corner, landing on the floor with three others. This was 20-minutes before Steve Morabito called it quits at the feed-zone - he too had fallen today, damaging the same shoulder injured in a fall on stage two last weekend.
If this is all Team Astana's bad luck out of the way in one day, then the rest of the Giro should be a piece of cake. Of course, it won't be - how many hundreds of bends and corners do the riders have to deal with each and every day? Any one of which could bring them crashing down.