TdF photog profile, Landis' hip in bad shape   Leave a comment

Apple’s web site has a profile of cycling photographer Graham Watson. Apple Pro Profiles – Graham Watson.

What’s even cooler is that they have a gallery of his images from this year’s tour available to view (link). There are supposed to be new images every day.

In other tour related news, the New York Times reports that Floyd Landis is looking at hip replacement surgery after the Tour.

CHÂTEAUBOURG, France, July 9 — Second over all in the Tour de France and a strong favorite to win the race when it ends July 23, Floyd Landis confirmed on Sunday a report that he had been riding in severe pain for four years because of a degenerative hip condition he had kept secret. He said he was planning to have his right hip replaced in an operation.

“If I hadn’t had a bicycle-racing career, I would have had the hip replaced two years ago because I don’t really want to deal with the pain,” said Landis, the 30-year-old American leader of the Phonak team from Switzerland.

Describing the pain, he said in an interview at his team hotel in Châteaubourg before the Tour’s eighth stage, “It’s bad, it’s grinding, it’s bone rubbing on bone.

“Sometimes it’s a sharp pain,” he continued. “When I pedal and walk, it comes and goes, but mostly it’s an ache, like an arthritis pain. It aches down my leg into my knee. The morning is the best time, it doesn’t hurt too much. But when I walk it hurts, when I ride it hurts. Most of the time it doesn’t keep me awake, but there are nights that it does.”

He said he intended to compete after the operation.

If Landis were able to come back and seriously compete in the Tour after having hip replacement, it would be almost as impressive as Lance Armstrong’s return from cancer treatment.

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Posted July 10, 2006 by Bryan Murley in Sports

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