It’s been a tough twelve months for American Chris Horner. Major crashes in the Tour of California, Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España left him with broken bones, cracks and fractures over his entire body. Not to mention those icky scabs and band-aid wrappers littering the team bus.
The misfortune continued Saturday for the popular rider from Bend, Oregon. Moments after announcing his new two-year contract with Radio Shack, Horner accidentally sliced off a finger on his right hand with a kitchen knife. In the rush to stop the bleeding, Horner slipped and broken his leg.
Then in an attempt to reach the phone to call 911, the former Astana rider tipped over a large trophy case, cracking his skull and damaging the cornea of his left eye when it was struck by his 2002 Redlands Classic trophy.
The oft-injured Horner, whose insurance company refuses to cover his sky-rocketing medical bills, was still up-beat as he was wheeled to a nearby hospital. “I’ve had worse, it’s just a flesh wound,” he said, echoing the famous “black knight” sketch by Monty Python.
Paramedics refused comment on a later report that Horner fell off the operating table, fracturing his wrist.