Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rudi Altig's Broken Fork

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Stage 9, 1962 Tour de France. Green Jersey wearer Rudi Altig was preparing to contest the final sprint when, 12 kilometers from the finish, the right fork blade on his Helyett broke at the crown. Reluctant to stop for a bike change and risk losing contact with the peloton, Altig decided to nurse his damaged bike to the finish. It was a risky decision, but Altig and bike made it to the velodrome in Bordeaux, and finished that year's Tour with the Green Jersey

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