New Zealander Shane Archbold, Bora-Argon 18, has finished the seventeenth stage with a pelvic fracture. Archbold crashed twice in the heavy Alpine stage in the Tour de France to Finhaut-Emosson, got up again, but turned out to have broken his pelvis. He finished at 39.51 after winner Ilnur Zakarin. Archbold will not start in the eighteenth stage.

Archbold first fell in a descent and then went again to the ground after a collision with Borut Bozic. For Božic it was the second crash of the day, the Slovenian of Cofidis immediately decided to give up after his second crash.

Shane Archbold

Archbold kept cycling and arrived at the finish of the seventeenth stage. Research in the hospital afterwards showed that Archbold’s injuries were too serious to be able to ride the Tour de France.

It’s hard to imagine how much pain cyclists can tolerate and how motivated they are to finish the race. Shane Archbold above and Simon Gerrans, see article 141, are clear examples of it.Sometimes riders can better endure the pain because the painkillers that are used are taken frequently during the race. Especially tramadol is  a common example.

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