Archive for May, 2011

Wouter Weylandt dies following a crash in Giro

Another cycling tragedy.  There is no possibility that this list is complete but it will remind you of the dangers of our beloved sport.

1935: Francisco Capeda (Spa), after falling into a ravine in Bourg d’Oisans in Tour de France

1937: Andre Raynaud (Fra), Motor pacing world champion, during a track race in Antwerp

1950: Camille Danguillaume (Fra), hit by a motorcycle during the French road championship in Monthlery

1951: Serse Coppi (Ita) Fausto Coppi’s brother, after a crash in the Tour of Piedmont

1956: Stan Ockers (Bel), world champion on the road, during a track race in Antwerp

1967: Tom Simpson (GBR), world champion on the road during the Tour de France, a victim of coronary artery rupture on the Mont Ventoux, due to heat and doping

1969: José Samyn (Fra), after colliding with a programme vendor at a kermesse in the East Flanders town of Zingem

1970: Jean-Pierre Monseré (Bel), world champion on the road after a collision with a car at a kermesse near Antwerp

1972: Manuel Galera (Spa), after a crash in the Tour of Andalucia

1976: Juan-Manuel Santisteban (Spa), with a fall in the first stage of Tour of Italy

1984: Joaquim Agostinho (Por), after a fall on colliding with a dog during the Tour of Algarve

1986: Emilio Ravasio (Ita), after a fall in the first stage of the Tour of Italy

1987: Vicente Mata (Spa), after a collision with a car during Grand Prix Luis Puig in Valencia

1987: Michel Goffin (Bel), after a fall at Grand Prix Haut-Var

1992: Amateur rider Danny Allaerts (Bel) after a crash in Haacht

1993: Cyclo cross rider Geert De Vlaeminck (Bel) dies of a heart attack in a cross in Heist-op-den-Berg; Philippe Marchix (Fra), after falling during Tour de Eure (Fra) for amateurs; Fabio Casartelli (Ita), fall on the descent of the Portet d’Aspet

1996: Jose Antonio Espinosa (Spa), team time trial in crash during test in Fuenlabrada

1997: Armin Hegglin (Swi) crashes into a tree during a stage in the Tour of the Jura

1998: Björn Stevensen (Nor), after a fall during a road race in Trondheim

1999: Manuel Sanroma (Spa), fall during the second stage of the Tour of Catalonia

2000: Saul Morales (SPA) during the seventh stage of Tour of Argentina was hit by a truck

2003: Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) succumbs to the hospital in Saint-Etienne day after a fall in the second stage of Paris-Nice

2004: Tim Pauwels dies of a broken blood vessel in a cyclo-cross race in the East Flanders Erpe-Mere

2005: Alessio Galletti (Ita) dies of coronary artery rupture during climbing in the Spanish race Subida al Naranco

2006: Isaac Galvez (Spa) is heavy fall in the Six Days of Ghent, dies on way to hospital

2011: Wouter Weylandt (Bel) dies following a fall during a descent in the third stage of the Giro.

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John Degenkolb wins G.P Frankfurt

I have always had a soft spot for the Frankfurt Grand Prix (Henninger Turn) if only because it has been in cycling for about as long as I have. another reason is that, so I was told, the race featured in the World Cup just once in 1995 because the organiser wouldn’t move to a Sunday from his 1st May date. As the World Cup was a major curse on the sport that has to be a good thing.

Back in the sixties and seventies the winners could, in the main, have graced any of The Monuments but latterly things have gone downhill. This year the winner, from a bunch sprint, was John Degenkolb of HTC who it must be admitted has passed under the greenjersey radar. Cav, with race number 13, unsurprisingly failed to finish.

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