I was deeply saddened to read (rather belatedly) that the legend that is Vladimir Karpets will once again fall short of the Tour de France victory that would rightfully be his if mullets and awesome names were more decisive in determing overall victory.
"I can do nothing - the hand is broken and I cannot hold the handle bar at all. In such conditions it makes no sense to continue."
Still, he promises to focus his prodigious talents on the Vuelta. We salute him.