As if Katusha’s Robbie McEwen hasn’t had a tough enough Tour de France already, the veteran Aussie was knocked off his bike following the end of Friday’s sprint finish.
Moments after darting across the line fourth in the stage, McEwen crashed into someone at the finish line and hit the deck, injuring his back.
McEwen thought it was a chaperone accompanying stage winner Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) to post-stage protocol, but the race jury later banned a video cameraman from Saturday’s race for allegedly causing the crash.
“Some cockhead from the organization, chaperone for the winner, jumped straight out in front of me trying to run back to get the winner for the podium,” McEwen told Australian TV at the finish. “He jumped straight into me (sic) handlebars. I was doing sixty-fuckin’ K an hour …”
McEwen has already been nursing serious injuries suffered in a high-speed fall Monday on the road to Spa. He’s bleeding heavily from an open wound on his elbow and is racing with it thickly bandaged.
Now his Katusha team says he might not be able to continue following Friday’s mishap. McEwen was whisked off to hospital for a checkup, which showed no broken bones, However, a statement issued by the team said, “We will assess with our team doctor how bad Robbie is on Saturday morning before making any decision.”