Svorada wins final Irish stage of Tour de France; Boardman crashes
Posted: Monday July 13, 1998 01:15 PM
CORK, Ireland (AP) -- Jan Svorada of the Czech Republic sprinted to victory in the second stage of the Tour de France on Monday after Chris Boardman of Britain, who was wearing the yellow jersey crashed after leading the race over the first two days.
Australia's Robbie McEwan finished second and Italy's Mario Cipollini was third.
The 189 riders stuck together and set a leisurely pace through most of the 127.4-mile second stage along Ireland's flat southern coast. That set up a sprint finish along Cork's straight Carrigrohane Road.
A crash 90 minutes from the finish had knocked Boardman out of the competition, a bitter end for the rider who had held the leader's yellow jersey.
Boardman crashed after his front wheel accidentally clipped the rear wheel of his Gan teammate, Frederic Moncassin of France. Boardman's helmet hit a stone fence by the roadside, cutting his forehead. He was taken to a hospital for a precautionary brain scan.
Two other Gan riders, Frenchmen Eddy Seigneur and Francois Simon, broke away from the pack and pulled ahead by more than a minute until the race reached the outskirts of Cork.
A second pileup seven miles from the end caused more than a dozen cyclists to topple over and others to veer onto the grassy banks to avoid the collision.
The Tour had started outside France 12 times previously in its 95-year history, but never in Ireland, which produced two star Tour riders during the 1980s but has none in this year's race.
Today's race began at Enniscorthy, a market town near the ancestral home of the Kennedy political dynasty, and passed the Waterford crystal works.
One-third of the way along the route, the riders reached Carrick-on-Suir, the hometown of Sean Kelly, who won the green jersey a record four times during the 1980s.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Copyright © 1999 CNN/SI. A Time Warner Company.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.