Levi Leipheimer (Astana) has decided to drop out of the Tour de France 2009 after a nasty crash in yesterday’s stage which ended in Vittel. Michael Rogers and Leipheimer crashed together at a turn which Rogers landing on top of Leipheimer and emerging unscathed. Leipheimer thought that his wrist injury was not serious and continued riding. He realized it was far worse only later in the night when the injury proved too painful and doctors advised him to have an operation.
The absence of Leipheimer is a big blow to Astana and to riders such as Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador, the two leaders of the Astana team. But it gets more interesting for the other riders . . .