Mixed feelings for Philippe Gilbert after Tour de France crash
Jul 25 2018 05:42 am CET

Mixed feelings for Philippe Gilbert after Tour de France crash
Mixed feelings for Philippe Gilbert after Tour de France crash
Photo of Philippe Gilbert (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Philippe Gilbert of Quick-Step Floors had mixed feelings following the crash that later forced him to abandon the Tour de France on Tuesday.

The Belgian formed part of the breakaway and had just attacked when he missed a curve and went over a barrier, landing on rocks a few meters below. The rider was helped back up and even finished the stage.

Gilbert was visibly emotional when he received the day's Combativity Award, after which he went to the Toulouse hospital for further examinations.

There, the verdict meant a certain end to his Tour ambitions, revealing a fracture to the lateral pole of his left patella (kneecap).

First of all, I want to say that I’m happy to be here after that tough moment," Gilbert said.

"I landed pretty hard on some stones, and initially didn’t want to move, but someone from Mavic came and helped me stand up and crawl back from that ravine. This isn’t how I wanted to finish my Tour and leaving it like this really hurts."

Gilbert, 36 years old, was riding his ninth Tour de France, of which he finished sixth. His finest moment in the grand tour came when he took a stage win in 2011.




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