Team RadioShack Struck by Additional Misfortune in Tour de France 2011

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07/8/2011| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Team RadioShack's Chris Horner crosses the finish line after a rough crash in today's Tour de France stage. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team RadioShack's Chris Horner crosses the finish line after a rough crash in today's Tour de France stage. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Team RadioShack Struck by Additional Misfortune in Tour de France 2011

It remains unclear whether Team RadioShack's General Classification contender Chris Horner will be able to start in stage 8 of the Tour de France after 39-year-old Horner was involved in a rough crash about 35 kilometers from the finish of stage 7 in Châteauroux earlier today.

of that together has created the nervousness and the GC standings are still very close so until that separates the peloton doesn't really calm down."

"At 35 kilometers to go there was a huge crash. I have no idea what caused it. Nerves in the peloton I guess. People are taking risks. Everybody wants to be in the front and there is only so much room. Today it went down like a house of cards. It was massive. I just got scraped up, but three days, three crashes. It just hasn't been my Tour so far," Leipheimer added.

With so much time lost for two of its GC contenders and one having exited the Tour, Team RadioShack has decided to ride exclusively for remaining GC contender German Andreas Klöden in the remaining part of the Tour de France.

"Definitely for Klödi. He looks strong and has ridden really well this first week. He's great at sniffing out the safe spot in the group and he's coming into form at the right time. So first for Klödi, then we'll look for stage wins, we have the team GC on our minds. We're here to fight. I'm thankful I'm still in the race. It was warfare out there," Leipheimer concluded before heading for a well-deserved massage.

The whole team here at Roadcycling.com and Roadcycling.mobi is wishing Chris Horner a speedy recovery.

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