Besseges stage 1: Friedman, Donald top 10; Caldwell Fractures hip
According to Director Sportif Lionel Marie, Michael Friedman finished 9th and Jason Donald 10th in today's field sprint. Blake Caldwell was involved in a crash and did fracture his hip. At last word, Caldwell will be out for at least three weeks.
Stay tuned for stage 1 results and an update on Blake Caldwell's condition:
EToile de Mike's Eyes
Michael Friedman reports on today's opening 154K stage of the 2008 Etoile de Bessèges
"I was seeing stars today! Got caught in the second group due to some crosswind on the 20K circuit, but jumped across to the first break with Martijn Maaskant. Then Kiki (Kilian Patour) pulled Jason Donald and I up to the final break away before the finish.
"I finished poorly due to bad judgement of the sprint. I'm mad about that but doing a 100-mile race was an eye opener for my legs. Though the team was awesome today - in every move."
"Blake Caldwell unfortunately crashed hard and limped in but finished. We are hoping he makes it around for the hilly stages to come."
Caldwell Update: Minor Right hip Fracture
FROM BLAKE CALDWELL, FEB 7, 2008
"Team doctor Prentice Steffen saw the x-rays of my right hip and luckily it is a small fracture that he said was stable. Prentice said I can get on the trainer in a matter of days, ramping up the volume and intensity as the pain allows. Exactly how long before I can be back to normal training and racing is hard to say. Maybe 2-3 weeks if things go well. Some encouraging news, as a few days off the bike is easier than a few weeks."