A trawl of the internet reporting reveals a slew of Rabo and Vacan abandons on Stage 11. Mark Renshaw and Bauke Mollema from Rabo have had enough and Vacan has to change the air tickets for Rob Ruijgh, Lieuwe Westra, and Gustav Larsson. Apparently Fabian Cancellara already had his booked since he is only one to leave without injury as he hurries home for the birth of his second child.
Alessandro Pettachi and his Lampre teammate Yuriy Krivstov apparently missed the time cut and will also be heading home. Lampre say Petacchi may have broken some ribs.
The relevant results reported by CN
|HD||Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISD||0:45:41|
|HD||Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD||0:46:34|
|DNF||Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team|
|DNF||Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team|
|DNF||Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team|
|DNF||Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team|
|DNF||Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team|
Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan
Its been a hell of a tour for a couple of teams in particular. Euskaltel was already down to five riders before stage11 and Garmin and Movistar had only 6. But Rabobank is really on the ropes. Reports are circulating that Gesink will not start Stage 12. That leaves Rabo with four riders. Vacan lost 3 and Lampre lost 2 on stage 11 and are left with 5 and 6 respectively each.
In slightly better news, Maarten Wynants is now apparently out of hospital.