The Ancient Historian

Ancient history, mountaineering, cycling and other outside adventures

Chris Horner out of the Tour

Really sad news today about Chris Horner, as we head into a fantastic mountain weekend. My favorite two climbs in France are coming up on the 14th, Bastille Day as it turns out, The Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden. Gotta believe that Chris was ready to stomp. Looks like it was a really hard fall-now I know first hand how tough Chris is. But to go from a severe knock on the head, apparently passing out, and then declaring upon awakening “put me back on my bike” was incredible to read about. He’s a great historian of the sport, and perhaps deep in his brain he had embedded Tom Simpson’s famous declaration at the 1967 Tour, although apparently Simpson never said those words. Nevertheless, Chris did get on his bike and finished the stage before going off to the hospital. What a great competitor. Quick recovery Chris.


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