MONTARGIS, France -- David Zabriskie came home 176th in the 183-kilometer fifth stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday but was happy to have made it to the finish after his high-speed crash in Tuesday's team time trial.
"I hurt my ribs in the crash and it was a little painful
when I had to breathe deep but I'm happy to have made it through
okay and I hope I can come around in a couple of days," the
Zabriskie has slipped to ninth in the overall standings, one
minute and 26 seconds behind Lance Armstrong after his crash but is determined to stay in the three-week race.
"This is the Tour de France and I started out really great
by winning the prologue and wearing the yellow jersey so I'd
love to finish more than anything else," he said.
"I'm trying to put the crash behind me as quickly as I can.
I've just got to forget about it and move on with the race."
Zabriskie was touched by Armstrong's wish to not to wear the
yellow jersey as a sign of respect for his unlucky compatriot.
"That was a nice gesture," Zabriskie said.
"When he told me I said 'I hope they don't kick you out of
the race' and just after that they told him he had to put it on.
He wore it but I appreciate what he did."
He added: "Everybody in the peloton was supportive. They
understand what it's like to crash and their support helped me
get through the day."