(K. Brent Tomer),
CYCLING has always been a dangerous sport. The tally of racers who have perished is into the hundreds. Fatal accidents occur in training and in competition, on the road and on the track, in the peloton and among the leaders: the list of fallen riders includes world and Olympic champions. Unfortunately, the rate of deaths has not slowed. Wouter Weylandt, a talented Belgian cyclist, was killed in a crash during the prestigious Giro d’Italia in 2011; three professional riders have died in minor races this year. Any compilation of recent collisions in the Tour de France will show you that a career-ending injury—or if the rider is lucky, a mere broken collarbone and tarmac burn—remains just a wobbling wheel away.
Professional cyclists clip into their pedals each day knowing that these risks await them. Fans do not hope for such accidents, but they do expect them. The possibility of a likely winner crashing suddenly out of a race adds to the tension: the lasting memory of this year’s Tour de France will surely be of the eventual champion, Chris Froome, jogging toward the summit of Mont Ventoux after damaging his bike.
By this standard, the men’s and…Continue reading