A few Tour de France casualties come to Paris to greet the returning troops
Of the 197 men who started the prologue of the Tour de France in Rotterdam July 3, 170 finished in Paris 22 days later. A few of the 27 men who left the Tour were on hand for the finish on the Champs-Élysées, including Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) and Simon Gerrans (Team Sky).
Crashes, illness and a commissaire ruling prevented 14 percent of the 2010 Tour peloton from finishing.
Gerrans sat just inside the fencing by the finish for much of the final stage, his broken arm from the stage 8 crash cradled in a padded sling.
“I flew straight home to Monaco as soon as I found out it was broken,” Gerrans said “I flew into Paris yesterday for the team dinner, and am here to see the stage today.”
Farrar traveled to Paris for the day from his home in Belgium.
“I just came down to support the guys,” Farrar said. “Ryder (Hesjedal) did an amazing ride, I wanted to come down and say congratulations and watch Julian crank out another good sprint today.”
Both Gerrans and Farrar said sitting course-side was bittersweet.
“Of course you’d much rather be there riding the sprint than watching, but that’s life.
You can’t change it,” Farrar said. “There’s still plenty of season left. You just have to accept it, reevaluate and set new goals.”
Gerrans said he’d spent much of the previous few weeks “yelling at the tele.”
“What hurts a heck of a lot more than breaking your arm is watching the race, especially in the stages when I’ve seen the breakways going to the finish,” Gerrans said. “I play through my mind what I would do.”
Both men are eager to prepare for the world championships.
Here are the 27 men who did not finish the 2010 Tour, plus one who was scheduled to start the prologue but did not:
136 REDA Francesco (ITA) QUICK STEP withdrawal
209 SPILAK Simon (SLO) LAMPRE – FARNESE withdrawal
217 MAYOZ Iban (ESP) FOOTON-SERVETTO non-starter
198 TANKINK Bram (NED) RABOBANK non-starter
129 SANTAMBROGIO Mauro (ITA) BMC RACING TEAM withdrawal
171 TAARAMAE Rin (EST) COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE withdrawal
173 DUMOULIN Samuel (FRA) COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE non-starter
53 FARRAR Tyler (USA) GARMIN – TRANSITIONS withdrawal
117 RENSHAW Mark (AUS) TEAM HTC – COLUMBIA removed by race officials
109 WEGELIUS Charles (GBR) OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO non-starter
55 HUNTER Robert (RSA) GARMIN – TRANSITIONS non-starter
216 FELLINE Fabio (ITA) FOOTON-SERVETTO non-starter
215 EIBEGGER Markus (AUT) FOOTON-SERVETTO withdrawal
144 KLUGE Roger (GER) TEAM MILRAM non-starter
71 KARPETS Vladimir (RUS) KATUSHA TEAM non-starter
35 GERRANS Simon (AUS) SKY PRO CYCLING non-starter
184 OROZ Juan José (ESP) EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI non-starter
78 VANDENBERGH Stijn (BEL) KATUSHA TEAM outside time limit
187 TXURRUKA Amets (ESP) EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI non-starter
148 TERPSTRA Niki (NED) TEAM MILRAM non-starter
86 LE LAY David (FRA) AG2R LA MONDIALE withdrawal
51 VANDEVELDE Christian (USA) GARMIN – TRANSITIONS non-starter
16 SCHLECK Frank (LUX) TEAM SAXO BANK withdrawal
114 HANSEN Adam (AUS) TEAM HTC – COLUMBIA non-starter
104 DELAGE Mickael (FRA) OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO withdrawal
213 CARDOSO Manuel (POR) FOOTON-SERVETTO non-starter
125 FRANK Mathias (SUI) BMC RACING TEAM non-starter
92 FLORENCIO Xavier (ESP) CERVELO TEST TEAM non-starter