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  • 1. Title slide: Tour De Death Kelsey Pingrey, Jordan Shatzberg, Mikaela Zovluck Slide 1: André Darrigade pummels Wouters OFF WEBSITE: This one has to be the strangest and, in a way, most tragic Tour de France death—the strangest because of who it involved, and the most tragic because of when it happened. You see, Constant Wouters was the director of the Parc des Princes, a stadium in western Paris that served as the finish line for the Tour de France from 1903 until the late 1960s. Thus, it was on the last day of the 1958 Tour—July 19—that Wouters, who should have known better, stepped too close to the track and collided with cyclist André Darrigade. Darrigade suffered a fractured skull and some broken ribs, but he was able to take a lap of honor after the race was over. Wouters, however, was more seriously injured, and he died 11 days later Victim: Constant Wouters Age: 70 Date of Accident: July 19, 1958 Location of Accident: Western Paris FOR SLIDE: July 19, 1958 was the last day of the Tour de France where cyclists were approaching the Parc des Princes, the stadium acting as a finish line. Constant Wouters, the
  • 2. director of the stadium, was standing by the finish line awaiting the cyclists when he stood too close and was hit head-on by André Darrigade. Darrigade’s skull suffered a severe fracture along with a few broken ribs. Honorably, he took a lap around the track when the race was complete. Wouters received life threatening injuries and died only 11 days later. Slide 2: Tom Simpson Loses More than Just the Race OFF WEBSITE: In 1967, British cyclist Tom Simpson made everyone realize just how problematic doping was in the sport of cycling when he died while climbing Mont Venteaux during the 13th stage of the Tour. An autopsy showed amphetamines and alcohol in his system, and it was concluded that these, combined with searing heat, had caused a heart attack. The guy was just 29 years old. Victim: Tom Simpson Age: 29 Date of Accident: July 13, 1967 Location of Accident: Mont Ventoux FOR SLIDE: During the 13th stage of the Tour de France in 1967, 29 year old British cyclist Tom Simpson began struggling within the first two kilometers of his climbing of Mont Venteaux. He fell off of his bike twice, getting back up each time until the last. He was announced dead at 5:40 p.m. Later, his autopsy showed performance enhancing drugs, alcohol,
  • 3. and amphetamines in his system and with the combination of 54 degree Celsius heat, Simpson suffered a heart attack. Slide 3: Fabio CasartelliDoesn’t Wear a Helmet OFF WEBSITE: This is the most recent case of a cyclist dying at the Tour de France. On July 18, 1995, during the 15th stage of the Tour, Olympic gold medalist Fabio Casartelli of Italy crashed while descending the Col de Portetd’Aspet mountain pass at 55 mph and hit his head on concrete blocks lining the road. Obviously he was wearing a helmet, but—wait, no, scratch that. Casartelli was not wearing a helmet. So I guess we’ll never know if the helmet might have saved him. (Doctors and medical examiners debated the issue for quite some time.) Victim: Fabio Casartelli Age: 24 Date of Accident: July 18, 1995 Location of Accident: Col de Portetd’Aspet FOR SLIDE: Italy’s Olympic road race champion, Fabio Casartelli, takes the spot for the most recent death in the Tour de France. On July 18, 1995 Casartelli was in his 15th stage when he lost control of his bicycle causing him to descend down the Col de Portetd’Aspet mountain at 55 mph. With no helmet or protection on, he smashed his head on concrete rocks lining the roads and laid in a puddle of blood before being rushed to the hospital. His heart stopped 3 times in the helicopter before the 24 year olds life finally ended in the hospital upon arrival. His team
  • 4. manager insisted that a helmet would have not saved Casartelli being that he hit the right side of his head at such severe impact.