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Philippe Gilbert was leading the Tour de France breakaway down the descent of the Portet d’Aspet when he played a corner wrong, locked his wheel up, and vaulted headfirst over a little rock ledge. It’s the worst sort of crash, though Gilbert did scrub some speed before eating shit. That may have saved him—he was able to get back on his bike and continue racing.


Gilbert’s time in the breakaway ended with the nasty crash, but he must be happy just to be able to stay in the race. If you want to see what this might have looked like from Gilbert’s perspective, Joaquim Rodriguez has you covered.


Update, 4:07 p.m. ET: Gilbert finished the stage and was awarded the combatively prize for the day. Immediately after the race, he was taken to the hospital. His Tour de France is over.

Staff writer, Deadspin

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