abandonment of Romain Bardet, victim of a concussion

Romain Bardet, the best French chance for the general classification after the fall of Thibaut Pinot in the first stage, had to abandon the Tour de France on Friday evening September 11, suffering from a concussion after falling in a downhill during the 13th step.

The Auvergnat runner took exams at the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital after the finish of the race at Puy Mary (Cantal). He occupied 11th place in the general classification. “The fall was violent, downhill, and I struggled all day, declared Romain Bardet. The medical examinations confirmed what I had foreseen and I am not able to continue the race ”.

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Second in the Tour in 2016 and third in 2017, Romain Bardet was the best French chance for the general classification after the fall of Thibaut Pinot in Nice. His retirement is the first of his career in the Tour de France in which he has participated every year since his first participation in 2013.

Date of resumption of competition according to the evolution

Winner of several mountain stages in previous years, he brought back the polka-dot jersey for the best climber last year on the Champs-Élysées. “Romain had a brain scan which did not reveal any lesion”, said Dr Eric Bouvat, doctor of the French team. However, it is necessary that he stops his sports activities. His date of resumption of competition will be defined according to the evolution ”.

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The start of the 13e stage was given in Châtel-Guyon (Puy-de-Dôme), near his place of residence in the vicinity of Clermont-Ferrand. The arrival was judged at Puy Mary which he described on Friday morning as “A great spot”, “One of my favorite places”.

At the start of the race, he met his wife Amandine and his first child Angus, born during confinement, on the side of the road. “The legs are one thing, success is something else, he admitted before this step. It’s OK for now. But there is a part of fatality in this ”.

A fall of 65 km / hour

Romain Bardet fell at the 100th kilometer of the route of the 13e 191.5 km stage, at the same time as the Dutchman Bauke Mollema, soon forced to retire (fracture of the left wrist), and other riders including the Colombian Nairo Quintana. Stunned, his right hip raw, he got back on the bike to take his place in the peloton and finish the stage.

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If he was left behind on the ramps of the last two climbs, the Frenchman managed to limit the loss of time in the general classification, falling from fourth to eleventh place, three minutes from the wearer of the yellow jersey, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

The fall occurred in a wide downhill curve, at a speed of 65 km / h according to the details he gave on arrival. “At this speed, it’s not a trivial fall”, had reacted in race his sports director Julien Jurdie.

“I was cursed today”

“It couldn’t be worse todaysaid the runner after the finish. I stumbled and hit my head. I struggled to find my senses instantly. I have severe pain in my right leg. I lost all my feelings in my fall, I was cursed today ”.

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Romain Bardet’s 8th Tour de France, his last under the colors of the AG2R La Mondiale team for which he has been racing since his debut, therefore ended prematurely. Next year, the native of Brioude (Haute-Loire) will run for the German team Sunweb.


Can a toilet instead of Marshal Konev cost Czechs?

Mockery of the memory of Marshal Ivan Koneva did not end with the demolition of the monument. Last night, unknown bastards installed a two-meter toilet bowl cut out of polystyrene on a pedestal.

Morning in Prague the commotion began. The head of the Prague-6 district, Ondřej Kolář, condemned the action: “You can express yourself in this way on the day of the end of World War II only if you have the head feces”. Prague police have already announced that they have launched an investigation. The toilet was removed. The sediment remained – very far from Prague, in Of Russia.

People discussing in social. networks another mockery of Victory trying to somehow protect the memory of the Great Patriotic War. And revenge, so as not to be disgraced.

The simplest thing that Internet users offer is a boycott of trips to Czech Republic. With tourism, everything is simple. Germans and Russians mainly go to the Czech Republic to rest, the income of this country from tourism is more than 3% GDP, every 20th Czech is employed in this industry. One has only to give up tours such as “Christmas in the Czech Republic”, and there the boycott will be very well felt.

The spontaneous boycott of Czech goods can only partially work. Czech beer, beloved by many, has long been produced in Russia at repurchased plants. Skoda cars are also assembled with us. But, one way or another, mocking the monument to Konev will not benefit Czech business.

And there is an example from recent history. Just a month ago, in Latvia the last plant producing sprats closed. It all started with a series of ships over the veterans of the Great Patriotic War. In 2005, Komsomolskaya Pravda held a rally “I bought Latvian sprats – I helped SS veterans”. People wrote to the editor, verbatim, that they were abandoning Latvian sprats and export collapsed in just a month. Coincidentally or coincidentally, but in the winter of 2006, the former head physician Gennady paid attention to Latvian sprats Onishchenkofinding benzopyrene in them. By standards The European Union, Latvians smoked sprats with the help of “artificial smoke”. Export of sprats to Russia was banned. Latvian fishermen tried to somehow influence the policy of their state, but business still collapsed. Two domestic sprat factories – Kaliningrad and Ivangorodsky only expanded production. Veterans of the Great Patriotic War in the Baltic States have not been tried for fifteen years and few people remember why? It is a pity that the Czechs do not know about this “sprat” story. We have our own beer a long time ago, there are so many varieties that we don’t remember, we have made our own machines a long time ago – our own and the leading brands. The Czechs should worry and reconsider their attitude to history before it is too late. Until we got upset.


Marshal Konev, Czechs and written-off, but not forgiven debt

I saw two of these photographs merged together late at night. In the first picture, Marshal Ivan Konev is met by a crowd of Czechs in the newly liberated Prague. In the second picture, a bronze marshal, in the same overcoat with a high collar, lies on the grass, dropped from a pedestal. (details)