Tour de France 2005, Stage 15

Posted in Tour de France on July 17th, 2005 by bill
A mostly, but not entirely, flattering photo of the late Fabio Casartelli.

A mostly, but not entirely, flattering photo of the late Fabio Casartelli.

This was a strange day for the Tour de France because it was the tenth anniversary of the death of Fabio Casartelli, the third and most recent Tour fatality. Casartelli was descending the Col de Portet d’Aspet on July 17, 1995 when there was a crash in front of him. He was thrown from his bike and whacked his head on a concrete block at the side of the road, hard enough to cause a hemhorrhage that killed him.

The other two Tour deaths, in case you’re curious, were Tommy Simpson, who died of (possibly amphetamine-related) heart failure in 1967, and Francesco Cepeda, who “plunged into a ravine” in 1935. It’s serious business, this bike racing.
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