29 July 2012

You recognize him from a long distance.
Some say he looks like a miner,
others think he always looks tired.
All because of his face.
That’s his face whenever he rides.
I would like to call it determination.
The willingness to work hard on the bike,
never give up and push it to the limits.
No wonder he got to be the most combative rider of this year’s Tour de France.
Chris Anker Sørensen.
He attacked in the stages to La Planche des Belles Filles,
Porrentruy, La Toussuire, Pau and Luchon.
He ended second in the stage to Luchon,
only seconds away from the winner Thomas Voeckler.
He got dropped five times out of the leading group that day,
but managed to get back to the group five times too.
In stage seventeen, in the descent of the Col des Ares,
a piece of newspaper got stuck in his front wheel.
He tried to get it out, but failed.
His pink and ring finger got trapped into the spokes.
While heavily bleeding, he still made it to the finish,
but immediately was taken into hospital.
His bike was covered in blood,
many thought Sørensen would not start the next day.

But of course he started the next day.
Although he was in a lot of pain, he wanted to finish the race,
explaining that riders are “a little bit crazy”.
On the last Sunday of the Tour de France he was standing
on the podium with the prize for most combative rider in his hands.
That same morning he stated that it would be
“one of the big moments of my career”.
He wasn’t standing there with his usual grin on his face.
No. This was the face of the rider with the most courage this Tour.

© Sirotti


One response to “Courage

  1. I really love your columns…their style! colorful portraits made of a few words , the better ones to describe courage and , specifically,Sørensen’s achievement. 🙂

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