Tour Abandons: Phinney Crashes Out, Fignon Abandons

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.

Despite Injuries, Team 7-Eleven’s Morale for Tour Is High

Team 7-Eleven Paris-Nice 1986

The injury list is ominous — broken ribs, broken noses, sinus infections, stress fractures, bronchitis, and dysentery. Not exactly an auspicious start for the first American-based professional team to compete in the Tour de France.