Tour de France 2018: Philippe Gilbert shows off nasty injury after Tour-ending crash

Philippe Gilbert was perhaps regretting his decision to plow on and finish Stage 16 of the Tour de France as he nursed a broken kneecap Wednesday.

Quick-Step Floors rider Gilbert was leading the stage Tuesday when he fell over a stone wall in a nasty crash that badly damaged his left leg.

The 35-year-old picked himself up to reach the finish line on Tuesday, but he was soon forced to withdraw from the Tour with a fractured patella, which will keep Gilbert out for around a month.

The decision to complete the final 60km of the stage with a broken kneecap had some painful consequences, as Gilbert showed on his Twitter page on Wednesday, uploading an image of his significantly swollen and bruised left thigh and knee.

In a video message posted on his page, Gilbert said: “Now I have to get home and start the rehab. After every crash I always stand up and fight back, and I think the next victory will have a very special feeling for me after all this bad luck.”

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