Sunday's Giro time trial didn't exactly go as planned for T-Mobile sprinter Olaf Pollack, as he describes on his homepage, www.olafpollack.de:
"About halfway through the course, my rear tyre separated itself from the rim. So that the tyre didn't feel so lonely, I separated myself from the road and fell down a slope. I then proved the theory that humans are descended from apes: in front of me a 60 metre deep slope, to the right a cement bridge post, and to the left a tree, which I instinctively grabbed hold of. Unfortunately, the evolution of the human is now so far advanced that I lost hold of the tree and started sliding down the slope. At some point I was able to hold on and then crawled back up on all fours. My bike went the 'whole way' and was picked up a little later.
"It sounds a lot funnier than it was..."
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer