Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 125

Into The Void A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2008 2008 John-Lee Augustyn’s moment of glory was just that, a fleeting moment. Seconds after conquering the majestic Col de la Bonnette (the highest mountain pass in Europe) he miscalculated a treacherous bend and flew over the edge. R o u te de l a B onet t e L a pl us haut e d’ E ur o p e al t . 2802 A Danish Champion? He was lucky. He landed on a shallow slope rather than disappearing into the valley. Shaken, he dusted himself down and climbed back up the ridge only to discover his bike had plunged to the depths below. Whilst waiting for his replacement he lost his lead and scrambled back into a lowly 35th position. A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2009 2009 Organisers of the Tour could hold their heads high, another year, another superbly organized race. Almost. As Alberto Contador proudly stood on the podium his face quickly turned to a grimace when the Danish national anthem played, not the Spanish. It wouldn’t be the last time he received the wrong anthem, it happened again at the 2011 Giro. 125