Team 7-Eleven’s sprinter Davis Phinney has dropped out of the Tour after crashing heavily on today’s Stage 15. This leaves the team relying on Phinney’s usual lead-out man Ron Kiefel to contest the sprints. Fortunately, Kiefel has shown that he has the legs for the Tour, narrowly missing a stage win to Peeters on stage 7.
France’s living legend Laurent Fignon, the captain of the powerhouse Systeme U team, abandoned the Tour after a lackluster performance in the individual time trial on stage 9 that inspired Hinault to dub him “below par.” The reason for Fignon’s poor form in this race has been discovered: a 60 cm tapeworm (nearly 24 inches).
Please join us tomorrow for coverage of stage 16, a hilly stage from Nimes to Gap.
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