Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Kloden in trouble

Andreas Klöden broke a bone in his wrist during Stage 16, and may have to withdraw from the Tour. He is a member of T-Mobile and was in 11th place in the Tour even while supporting his teammate Jan Ullrich, and was runner-up in the overall standings in the Tour last year.

With a lot of the body weight supported on the cyclist's hands, it would be exceedingly painful to ride the final stages of the Tour with a broken bone in one's wrist.

Update from velonews.com and tdfblog: "T-Mobile's Matthias Kessler is also doubtful for Wednesday's Stage 17, after suffering a concussion in the crash with Klöden."

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