‘When you ride 60kms with a broken knee’ | Innovation Tech

BELGIAN rode with a before being forced to withdraw from the Tour de France.

Hours after flying headfirst over a wall and into a ravine, Gilbert posted an image to Instagram showing the full extent of the injury that ended his campaign.

“When you have a and decide to keep going for another 60km,” he caption the image.


The incident happened during stage 16 with the Belgian leading the race.

Gilbert was 57.2 km from the finish of the 218km-long stage when he negotiated a bend badly and flew over a wall.

Although he was helped back onto his bike to finish the stage, won by French teammate , Gilbert emerged from the X-ray from his endeavours.

His team said that after further tests at a hospital in Toulouse, the fracture was discovered, meaning he had to pull out of the race.

“I want to say that I’m happy to be here after that tough moment,” he said. “This isn’t how I wanted to finish my Tour and leaving it like this really hurts.”

Quick-Step bosses panicked when Gilbert went over the wall — it was on the same descent, albeit several kilometres below, that Italian Fabio Casartelli died in a in 1995.

Negotiating a left-hand bend at speed, Gilbert failed to brake in time, skidded and was sent flying head first over a parapet to land on rocks several metres below.

Television pictures showed him to climb back out and onto the road, where he jumped gingerly back on his bike to finish the race.

“We played it well. I attacked to put a little bit of pressure on our group, I wanted to help Julian,” Gilbert added.

“Tactically, we did well, but I crashed and it was all my fault. I simply took the wrong line.

“I fell onto rocks and, when I landed, I thought I’d been broken apart. I’ve had a lucky escape.”

The race ends Sunday on the Champs Elysees in Paris .

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