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Saturday, July 08, 2006

So long, Alejandro!

Phil Liggett's job just got a little easier. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears has crashed out of the Tour de France, breaking his collarbone on Stage 3 into Valkenburg. No, that's not in France.

You see, there's a lot of riders in the professional peloton named "Alexander." Interestingly, I can't find anyone actually named Alexander in the ProTour. But there's a lot of more different Alex's out there. Liggett has consistently had trouble figuring out which one is which, and frequently mixes up which pronounciation goes where.

But now, Alex^3 is out.

Alexadre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana: Team withdrawn under doping scandal.
Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Milram: Did not start tour due to broken kneecap.
Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears: Crashed out.

There's also Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank, but I had never heard of him until doing a search, and he's not in the tour. There's Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole, and Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak, too, but they don't matter.

This is what we've got to entertain ourselves with now that the Tour de France is has been reduced to a shadow of its former self from the Operacion Puerto scandal, and the proliferation of useless sprint stages.

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