While taking my normal tour around the web, a picture on VeloNews caught my eye. Dave Zabriskie is shown being loaded onto a stretcher for transport to the hospital after he and several other riders went down during stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia. The thumbnail showed the normal scene: a wincing racer being tended to by a horde of medical attendants. Then, it caught my eye: Zabriskie has a porn-star mustache! What in God’s great peloton caused him to grow a stache? Have I miss the cool boat [again]?
On a more serious note, it’s sad to see Zabriskie leave the race this way. Slipstream is showing the world that an up-start American team can complete on the grand stage. I would even be so bold as to place Zabriskie in the top 8 for the Giro–I’d place him higher but, on a hunch, my guess is the Giro was planned more as training for the Tour de France.
According to the team, Zabriskie has a fractured L1 vertebrae, which is described as painful but not serious. Breaking any bones in the spinal column–lumbar, thoracic, or cervical–seems serious for a cyclist. Well-wishes for a quick recovery, Zabriskie!