'Caveman,' not Armstrong, favorite at XTERRA
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lance Armstrong may be the biggest name in the field, yet to win Saturday's XTERRA USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort he'll probably have to outlast a Caveman.
That Conrad "Caveman" Stoltz is even a four-time XTERRA world champ is testament to his own perseverance.
Five years ago, the South African broke his back in two places and his left wrist in seven during a training ride for the national championship then held at Lake Tahoe.
His tire hit a divot on the downhill trail and he flew over his handlebars then landed on his head, suffering compression fractures of the T8 and T12 vertebrae. Because he also landed with his wrist pointed backward, doctors would need 12 screws and a piece of steel to hold together the shattered joint.