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.
We’ve all been very scared, but @PhilippeGilbert is ok and will go back on the bike. 💪
Après une grosse frayeur, @PhilippeGilbert semble aller bien et va repartir. 💪#TDF2018 pic.twitter.com/Xtrjyw3QSf
— Le Tour de France (@LeTour) July 24, 2018
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.
When you have a broken knee cap and decide to keep going for another 60km pic.twitter.com/cGoidtQH3w
— PHILIPPE GILBERT (@PhilippeGilbert) July 25, 2018
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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