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BENOIT COSNEFROY: "I had to defend him".
"It was a beautiful day, I wanted to defend the polka dot jersey. I was in the breakaway with Anthony Perez who was ahead of me on the first two climbs, pedaling. On the third climb, Anthony died and then gave up after falling on the descent. I have a big thought for him tonight, he deserved to wear this polka dot jersey. It's special to keep it in these conditions even if I'm proud to wear it. I myself fell while I was carefully at the back of the pack to avoid taking risks with four kilometers to go. That's a second fall in three days, on the same wounds, but that's the way it is, that's the Tour route."[/su_quote]
At the first stage finish of the Tour in 1971 in Orcières Merlette, 15-year-old Vincent Lavenu from Briançon watched Luis Ocana win as a spectator. "That is one of the memories that fueled my passion for cycling," he says.
Knee, elbow and hip injuries for Benoit Cosnefroy
Benoit Cosnefroy fell on his right side, as he did in the first stage. He suffers from wounds on his knees, elbows and hips, said Dr. Eric Bouvat, medical director of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team.