Paris – Roubaix 2011: Crashes of Tom Boonen and Sylvain Chavanel

Oh, that looks like it hurt.

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I have also found a short (like two seconds short) vid of C-Store putting the hammer down. Cancellara Hushovd, Flecha and Ballan go by in a blur. Sorry about the lead-in commercial that is three times longer than the actual video. The caption reads, “Fabian Cancellara giving flat stick on the Mons-en-Pévèle section of pave, closely followed by Thor Hushovd, Juan Antonio Flecha and Alessandro Ballan.” Link here: http://video.mpora.com/watch/LXRRW2ja6/.

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6 thoughts on “Paris – Roubaix 2011: Crashes of Tom Boonen and Sylvain Chavanel

  1. Big Kitchen good on you for putting up what matters to you that most miss. That and it sucks to lose your front wheel in a ride doesn’t matter who you are (I think thats what happened to Chavanel). I appreciate when you put this kind of shit up… Keep it up, I hope you continue to do so once you have your own practice.

  2. …i still marvel at the spectacle of paris-roubaix, a race with two names…it’s the very elegant ‘the queen of the classics’, first raced in 1896 or if you prefer the more reality based ‘l’enfer du nord’

    …doesn’t matter if it’s sunny, dry n’ dusty or wet, rainy n’ muddy, either way it truly is ‘the hell of the north’

    …chavanel…damn…flats, nasty crashes but still working his ass off…

    …ballan, always able to counter but fuck, i’d love to see him attack on occasion…

    …hincapie at 37, still well in the mix without garnering that favored ‘palmares’, whether here or in ‘de ronde’, slowed by several flats…

    …flecha, a spaniard who relishes the hard races like paris-roubaix, in there at the end with hushovd & others, but ultimately back at 47 sec…

    …cancellara, a brilliant smooth machine…tjallngii, caught but brilliant, rast, lars bak, the same…

    …so many guys rode their hearts out but van summeren knew how & when to go…what a way to propose to his girlfriend…

    …& boonen ???…i wanna see him beaten fair n’ square when he’s on his game, not on the ground…

    …stunning race but that’s not unusual in paris-roubaix…

  3. That did not look like a very bad crash at all, but we only see some aftermath and it would appear that someone’s nuts were crunched. Boonen seems to get it a lot. I think crashing often might have something to do with being really aggressive.

  4. Tough day for Katusha as well.

    “Almost every rider has a hard luck story to tell at the end of Paris-Roubaix, but Filippo Pozzato’s was arguably more frustrating than most on Sunday. Crashes and punctures are hazards that face all participants in the Hell of the North, and while Pozzato was one of the fallen with 60km to go, it was ultimately a puncture to his Katusha team car that ended his race.” (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/punctured-team-car-ends-pozzatos-paris-roubaix)

    And it wasn’t just Pozzato. None of Katusha’s eight starters made it to Roubaix. (http://velonews.competitor.com/2011/04/news/former-paris-roubaix-winner-stuart-ogrady-among-riders-whose-finishes-were-erased-by-time-cut_168408)

  5. And hats off to the guy in the blue/white kit that rode the top of his bars through the crash… almost made it too. That my friends, is what I call composure. Ballin.