Apr 15 2009
“I have road rash, but I think there’s worse stuff, too. My hip and ribs hurt. Fuck, everything hurts”
Big crash at the Scheldeprijs today, with, in the words of Sporza’s writeup, riders going down like “dominoblokjs”. The English (sort of) translation has some great lines, with McEwen saying Van Avermaet was “drunk” with excitement at being on Petacchi’s wheel, Boonen saying something about McEwen and a “prick”, and Van Avermaet crediting his relative lack of injury to fall cross-training as a goalkeeper.
Anyone who can actually read that, instead of relying on a hilarious computer-based translation, should feel more than welcome to leave a translation in the comments section.
The crash must have been especially painful for McEwen, since he’s really been searching for a big win this season, and was right on Petacchi’s wheel at the critical juncture, after the Italian had been out in the wind for a while. The Aussie tried to blame Van Avermaet, but I think it’s pretty clear from the video that the initial contact in the crash was an unavoidable touch of wheels between Petacchi and the Lotto rider, that cause the latter to then tumble into McEwen.