T-Mobile Team breathed a deep sigh of relief Tuesday night with the news that sprinter Olaf Pollack was not injured in a crash during the day's Eneco Tour stage. It looked pretty bad - he lay in a ditch, was attended to by the race doctor and was taken directly to the hospital with a neck brace.
But he was able to return to the team hotel that same evening with the good news that there was no head injury, no neck injury, no back injury - but a heck of a lot of bruises. "It looked a lot worse than it was," said a relieved directeur sportif Frans van Looy. "He's ok now."
The team has already lost two riders to injuries in the last few days. Giuseppe Guerini cracked his collarbone last week in the Rothaus Regio-Tour, and Markus Burghardt had knee surgery Tuesday.