Eisel's bad day

Francaise des Jeux sprinter Bernhard Eisel had a bad day all around yesterday. The team prepared the...

Francaise des Jeux sprinter Bernhard Eisel had a bad day all around yesterday. The team prepared the sprint perfectly, but it didn't work out. "Everybody rode all out," he said. "We made our impression on the finale. I wanted to pass Baden Cooke on the right, in order to use his protection better. But I couldn't use my full power, the gear was too high. This kind of sprint is usually my specialty, but today I simply miscalculated. I'm satisfied with my form, but not with this sprint. It was the worst of the year." He was probably even less satisfied later, when the race jury fined both him and Cooke 10 seconds for "pushing among teammates" after Cooke gave him a nudge on the back with 200m to go.

But that wasn't all the only thing that went wrong for Eisel. "I bumped into two spectators and fell off my bike. I was ok, but one of the bystanders apparently isn't. I heard that he had to be taken to hospital. I hope it's not bad."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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