Today was a bad day for Gert Steegmans who did not start the stage thanks to an injured wrist. Vladimir Isaichev, Lars Boom and Andreas Klöden abandoned during the stage and later on Cofidis’s Romain Zingle crashed on the descent of Aubisque but he made it to the finish in time. All serious things.
But on a more light-hearted note, other riders were just plain unlucky and got caught by the commissaires for more trivial. Here’s the list of fines for the day.
Once again note the fines are in Swiss Francs, CHF. And if you’re struggling with the French, Irizar and Riblon got caught receiving “irregular repairs“, Quick Step directeur Wilfried Peeters ignored the commissaires, Samuel Dumoulin “urinated in public” and Grivko and his boss Sacha Sheffer are fined for “mechanical assistance, a sticky bidon or the changing of clothes damaging the image of cycling“.