Frank Schleck was heading for the yellow jersey and a possible stage win at today’s stage of the Tour de Suisse when fate intervened. Just four km from the finish Schleck was leading co-escapee Marcus Fothen down a tricky descent when he failed to get round a bend and dragging a foot along the ground he hit the Armco barrier and disappeared over the edge! Fothen managed to avoid Schleck and continued for the win 45 sec ahead of the chasers including race leader Anton.
Franck Schleck trailed in about three minutes later and as he finished he kissed a gold medallion he was wearing, presumably dedicated to St Christopher. He was interviewed in English saying he expected to be stiff in the morning but he appeared to be unscathed save for a few minor scratches on his arm.
A remarkable feature of the incident was that although brother Andy was with the chasers he didn’t bother to stop yet an Astana rider stopped to check that Frank was OK. You can see his lucky escape on YouTube.