The first stage of the Tour de France kicked off on Saturday, and it didn’t take long to produce an enormous crash thanks to one poorly-positioned spectator.
The spectator had a sign and got right up to the side of the track just as the riders were passing his location. The sign stuck out over the course just enough that one of the riders collided with it, knocking one cyclist over. Given how tightly packed the field was, that was all it took to start an enormous domino effect.
We’re going to guess that person did not stick around to see the aftermath of what they caused.
The Tour de France is prone to producing some unusual but massive accidents. This one is no different, albeit very embarrassing for whoever caused it.
Performance-enhancing drugs played a large role in both the rise and the fall of Lance Armstrong. Even though his use and subsequent lies about taking substances have helped turned Armstrong into a figure despised by many, he still is not completely opposed to them.
Armstrong was interviewed for the two-part documentary about him called “Lance” that is being aired by ESPN. He was asked how he would feel if his son, a college football, said he wanted to take PEDs.
“I would say that’s a bad idea. You’re a freshman in college. It might be a different conversation if you’re in the NFL. But at this point in your life and your career, not worth it,” Armstrong said.
The quote makes it clear that Armstrong is open to PEDs for his son depending on the circumstances. It has to be factored into a cost-benefit analysis for him. And what does that mean? He still endorses cheating, which is why so many people dislike him.
Lance Armstrong and his longtime girlfriend Anna Hansen are finally planning to tie the knot.
On Tuesday, Armstrong shared a photo on Instagram that showed Hansen with a ring on her left ring finger. The former cyclist captioned the photo “She said…. YES!!!!”
Armstrong and Hansen have been dating for nearly 10 years and have two children together — a 7-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. Armstrong also has three children with his ex-wife Kristin Richard, whom he divorced in 2003.
The engagement has seemed like a long time coming. If you want to know how deep the love between Armstrong and Hansen runs, just read about the time the future Mrs. Armstrong took the blame for Lance after he hit two parked cars.
Congratulations to the happy couple.
Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten appears to be recovering well from her nasty crash during the women’s road race at the Olympics in Rio on Sunday.
Van Vleuten was leading the race with under 11 km to go when she flipped her bike and landed on her head in a horrific looking crash. Many were concerned about the status of the previous race leader, and all seems to be well for now.
Reporter Raymond Kerckhoffs of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf shared the official statement on van Vleuten, which is that she is conscious and able to communicate. Van Vleuten was taken to the hospital for examination.
Tour de France leader Chris Froome had to sprint up one of the most difficult portions of the course on foot Thursday after a collision with a motorcycle left him without a bike for a short time.
It was actually another rider who crashed into the back of the camera-wielding motorbike, but the accident caused a pileup that sent Froome and others to the ground.
Rather than risk losing his lead to gather his bike, Froome decided to sprint up Mont Ventoux in an attempt to remain in front.
Someone eventually ran up beside Froome to give him a bike, and he was able to finish the portion of the race. Running on foot at the Tour de France is actually legal as long as you have your bike when crossing the finish line. Initial reports indicated Froome had lost his lead as a result of the crash, but he later tweeted that he still had the lead after awaiting a ruling from officials.
We’ve seen far nastier crashes at the Tour de France like this incident involving a barbed wire fence, but that was definitely a bizarre turn of events.
H/T Business Insider
An arbitration panel in Texas voted 2-1 against Lance Armstrong and awarded $10 million to SCA Promotions, a sports insurance company that helped contribute to the cyclist’s downfall.
SCA Promotions paid Armstrong bonuses in 2002 and 2003 for winning the Tour de France, but they withheld his bonus in 2004 amid speculation he cheated. Armstrong sued as a result and the two sides went to arbitration in 2005. They settled in 2006 with SCA being ordered to pay $7.5 million. At the time, Armstrong denied cheating, which is why SCA settled.
In the face of mounting evidence against him, Armstrong finally admitted to Oprah in 2013 that he did cheat, leading many companies, including SCA, to pursue claims against him. The result is that SCA won the latest arbitration case and filed a motion to have a court order Armstrong to pay the award as a final judgment, USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer reports.
“We are very pleased with this result,” SCA’s president and founder Bob Hamman said in a statement via USA Today. “It is hard to describe how much harm Lance Armstrong’s web of lies caused SCA but this is a good first start towards repairing that damage.”
Armstrong tried to have the case blocked but appealed to the Texas Supreme Court unsuccessfully. SCA noted in its legal filing that it believes Armstrong will not pay the $10 million award.
In addition to this case, Armstrong was also recently in headlines for hitting two parked cars and letting his girlfriend take the blame.
Lance Armstrong and his girlfriend Anna Hansen have been caught in a lie about a driving incident in December where their vehicle hit two parked cars and left the scene.
Aspen police say Armstrong’s car was identified as the one that hit two parked cars on Dec. 29 and left before police arrived to the scene. Armstrong’s girlfriend initially took the blame and said she was driving the car. She claimed they returned on foot after hitting the cars and she offered to pay for the damage. She also said she was driving because Lance had been drinking at a party they attended that night.
A police investigator did not buy Hansen’s story, so the investigator contacted the valet service, which said it was Armstrong who got into the driver’s seat. Confronted with the new information, Hansen changed her story and said she and Armstrong stopped at a store and switched seats. Two days later, she changed the story again and finally admitted Lance was driving, but she wanted to emphasize he was not drinking.
There was also a statement from one of the victims who says Hansen came up to his home to apologize and offer to pay for damages.
“She said, ‘I’m Anna, we’re the Armstrongs, my husband’s Lance, he was just driving maybe too fast around the corner or something,'” the man told police, according to the reports.
Armstrong received citations for failing to report the incident and speeding. He is expected in court in March, TMZ says.
Typical Lance. The guy let’s his girlfriend take the rap for him, but at least he found a girl willing to cover for him. I wonder if they were playing Cards Against Humanity at the party when Lance got drunk.
Photo: Anna Hansen on Twitter
I can’t imagine how grueling one stage of the Tour de France is, let alone participating in 21 of them over three weeks. To say one of cycling’s more well known races is a test of physical endurance would be a mild understatement.
Stage 18 of this year’s Tour de France took place on Thursday and covered 145.5 km (90.4 mi). Poland’s Bartosz Huzarski completed the stage in 4 hours, 15 minutes, good for 31st place out of 164 cyclists.
As you can probably guess, it takes quite a toll on your legs to pedal for 90+ miles. After the race, Huzarski posted the above photo to his Facebook page showing the effects the stage on had on his legs.
The 33-year-old elaborated a bit on their state, saying:
“For me it’s totally not a revelation, because I can see this view – maybe not everyday – but still often, especially after a hard race at high temperature, Huzarski said via Metro UK.”
“People write and think different things, “that is impossible”, “that is not normal”, “it is unhealthy”, refer to doping, etc …”
“Of course I will not have legs like Victoria’s Secret models, or Mary from a nearby vegetable shop, or anyone working in an office who does a 10km bike ride or an hour run three times a week. Unfortunately it does not work like that and this what you see in the picture. It is not unhealthy.”
After Stage 20, Huzarski is in 68th place with a cumulative time of 89 hours, 35 minutes, 52 seconds.
Vincenzo Nibali probably felt like he was on top of the world after winning stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday, but one of the yellow jersey presenting girls quickly put him back in place.
After receiving the yellow jersey for winning the stage, Nibali looked to his right and kissed the girl who presented him with flowers. But when he went to kiss the jacket presenter on his left, he was totally denied.
What was weird was the girl even put her arm on the back of his head/neck as if she were ready for the kiss. Then she quickly turned away.
Did he scare her off with some stanking dragon breath? Did she notice a piece of food caught in his teeth? A big pimple on his nose? Why did she do him dirty like that?
You gotta love the way Nibali tried to play it off by going with the collar adjustment.
“Yeah, I was really just trying to touch my neck there. Nothing to see, people.”
Surrrrre Nibali, like nobody noticed.
As funny as that was and as much as I like to mock Nibali for the embarrassing moment, that’s all on the podium girl. She has to know that’s part of the job. What was she thinking?
H/T For the Win
Spanish cyclist Eloy Teruel would have won the seventh stage of the Tour of California on Saturday if the race was one lap shorter. Teruel had a substantial lead over the other cyclists heading into the final lap, but he thought he was crossing the finish line at the time. He raised his arms in the air in triumph and was subsequently passed by dozens of opponents.
Announcers and fans tried to shout to Teruel to let him know there was still another lap, but he was too busy celebrating to notice. Peter Sagan of Slovakia went on to win the stage. Teruel poked fun at himself on Twitter after the epic embarrassment.
Basically, Teruel pulled a DeSean Jackson. It’s hard to watch someone lose a race like that.
Video via For the Win