OK, IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT THAT MEIFFRET ACTUALLY KNEW HOW TO PUT HIMSELF ON THE LINE.
HE WAS THE FIRST MAN TO RIDE AT OVER 200KPH ON A BIKE, AND WHEN HE DID SO, HE HAD THIS NOTE IN HIS POCKET:
"In case of fatal accident, I beg of the spectators not to feel sorry for me. I am a poor man, an orphan since the age of eleven, and I have suffered much. Death holds no terror for me. This record attempt is my way of expressing myself. If the doctors can do no more for me, please bury me by the side of the road where I have fallen."
'Today I literally ate my handlebar. I didn’t care if I was gonna make it in time or not. I’m tough, I’ll quit when I fall off my bike. A lot of sprinters went home already, but Kenny van Hummel is still here. And I’m proud of that.'
KENNY VAN HUMMEL, SKIL-SHIMANO’S SPRINTER, INTERVIEWED ON DUTCH TV AFTER COMING IN DEAD LAST ON THE STAGE UP TO VERBIER IN THE 2009 TOUR DE FRANCE.