WARNING: Do not read on if you are squeamish. The cyclist broke his kneecap and it’s not pretty
Philippe Gilbert’s determination got him through stage 16 of the Tour de France.
The Quick-Step Floors cyclist battled through the pain barrier for 60km after a crash which resulted in the Belgian breaking his kneecap.
Gilbert fell heavily as he led the race down the descent of the Col de Portet d’Aspet when he misjudged a corner, crashed over a low stone wall and fell down a drop on the side of the road.
He ended up in 142nd place, 31 minutes behind stage winner and team-mate Julian Alaphilippe.
“It was not so bad,” he said immediately after the stage. “It was not so deep, I think about four metres, but there were a lot of stones and when I lay there I thought: ‘I broke everything’. I did not dare to move at first. I was waiting, but fortunately they were pretty quick [to help]. I have a lot of pain and my knee is badly battered, but I think I did not break anything, fortunately.”
His Tour is now over.