31 July, 2009

Four days racing on a broken collarbone

That would be George Hincapie. He skipped having it x-rayed after his stage 17 crash, lest the doctors tell him he couldn't go on. Seems like myth, but the guy not only finished the Tour, but drilled it for his teammate Mark Cavendish with 1k to go on the Champs-Elysees. He brought Columbia to the front and Cavendish did his patented winning jump to win the stage.

I don't know if that's professionalism. It is dedication and does seem a bit deranged. Must have hurt like crazy, but then again, after 17 days at the Tour, maybe hurting like crazy doesn't seem so hard.

1 comment:

jason said...

You could also say that GH kept going because this was his last tour and he wanted to go down fighting.

Since Bob Stapleton let slip that this was likely to be GH's last tour, in an interview just days before... Think GH has motivation to jump to 'Liveshack' beyond fronting for LA?