Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange) will not start stage 13 of the Tour de France after crashing while leading the peloton down a descent. Gerrans posted several pictures with his announcement on Twitter, adding that he couldn’t find the words to describe the depth of his disappointment.
Gerrans was leading the peloton off the Col des Trois Termes, the second climb of the day, when his front wheel slipped out in a tight right-hand turn. Team Sky’s Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe followed him to the tarmac, while the rest of the Sky train, including overall leader Chris Froome, remained upright.
Gerrans finished the stage in 158th place, nearly half an hour behind the winner, but X-rays later revealed the fracture. This was the 36-year-old’s 11th Tour de France. He’s tasted victory at the Tour previously with a stage win in 2008 with Crédit Agricole, and in 2013 he was part of Orica-GreenEdge squad that won the stage 4 team time trial.
It’s hard to imagine how much pain cyclists can tolerate and how motivated they are to finish the race. Simon Gerrans above and Shane Archbold, see article 140, are a clear example of it. Sometimes riders can better endure the pain because the painkillers that are used to take frequently during the race. Especially tramadol is a common example.
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