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Jens Voigt explains how he ended up cutting open his shoulder on the road to Alpe d'Huez, Paolo Bett

Jens Voigt explains how he ended up cutting open his shoulder on the road to Alpe d'Huez, Paolo Bett

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Many of you may have been wondering why Jens Voigt suddenly showed up on TV with a bloody wound on his shoulder during Tuesday's stage to Alpe d'Huez when there were no reports of a crash, writes Susanne Horsdal. In his column on Sport1.de, the German supplies the answer: He literally touched shoulders with a tunnel wall. "It was wet and I rode a little too fast (40-50 kph) when there was a slight bend in the tunnel. I was drifting towards the tunnel wall and saw that next to the white stripe on the side of the road there was a small ditch carrying water out of the tunnel.

"I realised that if I put my front wheel into that I would suffer a nasty crash so instead I leaned towards the wall to get back on track. It was the lesser of two evils," writes Voigt. But the day also had more pleasant episodes. "For a while I was riding between the breakaway and the peloton when suddenly a big man about 45 years old shouted at me: "Hey, Jens, Super. I want to have your child! I didn't have breath to answer him," writes the obviously very popular CSC rider. Rabobank's Michael Boogerd was less fortunate with the spectators. He received a knock on the back so hard he almost had the breath knocked out of him.

- Italian champion Paolo Bettini joined national selector Franco Ballerini and compatriot Danilo di Luca in looking over the road race course for September's world championship in Salzburg. The 22km loop will be covered 12 times, although on this occasion Bettini and Di Luca only did four laps. Ballerini described the course as "very testing and much harder than it seems at first sight".

- New Astana team manager Tony Rominger has offered his former Clas and Mapei directeur sportif Juan Fernandez that role on the now Kazakh-backed team that did not start the Tour after five of its rider selections were implicated in the Operacion Puerto inquiry. The amiable Fernandez has a reputation as a directeur able to deal with difficult situations having previously been bought in by Festina and, more recently, Phonak when they were hit by doping scandals.

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