Tour de France

A few Tour de France casualties come to Paris to greet the returning troops

A few Tour DNFs came to Paris to see the finale

2010 Tour de France stage 20 Simon Gerrans
Simon Gerrans (Team Sky) at the Tour Sunday.

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.”

2010 Tour de France stage 20 Tyler Farrar
Tyler Farrar

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:

Stage 18

136 REDA Francesco (ITA) QUICK STEP withdrawal

Stage 17

209 SPILAK Simon (SLO) LAMPRE – FARNESE withdrawal

Stage 16

217 MAYOZ Iban (ESP) FOOTON-SERVETTO non-starter

198 TANKINK Bram (NED) RABOBANK non-starter

Stage 15

129 SANTAMBROGIO Mauro (ITA) BMC RACING TEAM withdrawal

Stage 13

171 TAARAMAE Rin (EST) COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE withdrawal

Stage 12

173 DUMOULIN Samuel (FRA) COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE non-starter

53 FARRAR Tyler (USA) GARMIN – TRANSITIONS withdrawal

Stage 11

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

Stage 9

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

Stage 7

184 OROZ Juan José (ESP) EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI non-starter

78 VANDENBERGH Stijn (BEL) KATUSHA TEAM outside time limit

Stage 5

187 TXURRUKA Amets (ESP) EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI non-starter

Stage 3

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

Stage 2

114 HANSEN Adam (AUS) TEAM HTC – COLUMBIA non-starter

104 DELAGE Mickael (FRA) OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO withdrawal

Stage 1

213 CARDOSO Manuel (POR) FOOTON-SERVETTO non-starter

125 FRANK Mathias (SUI) BMC RACING TEAM non-starter

Prologue

92 FLORENCIO Xavier (ESP) CERVELO TEST TEAM non-starter