April 13, 2009
As reported by the NY Times:
Tom Boonen of Belgium won the Paris-Roubaix race this past Easter Sunday. He broke from the pack about 10 miles from the finish, despite having crashed only eight miles before, and changing bikes.
Filippo Pozzato of Italy was 47 seconds behind, and Thor Hushovd of Norway was third, 1 minute 17 seconds back.
Still the negative aspect of bike racing couldn't help rearing its ugly head when a motorcyclist providing time checks for competitors in the race crashed into three spectators seriously injuring them.
The injured were taken by helicopter to hospitals in Lille and Valenciennes, said Philippe Sudres, a spokesman for Amaury Sport Organization, the race’s organizer.