By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Nancy
Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros) crashed in yesterday's big pile up. He was one of the first to hit the deck. When he got back to the hotel he found he had a big bruise on his right leg and up to his buttock so he is pretty beaten up
Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis) also went down, but didn't get hurt badly because he was able to slow down before he hit the ground. The same was true for Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto). Both he and Tom Boonen managed to avoid serious injury
David Zabriskie (CSC) is hurting - he's now paying the toll for the crash in the team time trial. He lost seven minutes yesterday, mostly on the final climb when the peloton punched the pace. DZ is taking it day by day. He hopes to contribute to the team and hopes that he can recover during the rest day before the mountains start
Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) doesn't appear to have any serious consequences from his crash before stage 1, but to make sure, he has called in his acupuncturist John Boel who is doing daily acupuncture treatments.
La Francaise des Jeux not only had Mengin crash, but also Cooke, McGee and Gilbert went down right behind him. Nothing worse than scrapes and bruises for the three, but Mengin bruised his face when he slammed into the handlebars.
There were no crashes among the Discovery Channel team. Their run of amazing luck continues.