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by Mark Zalewski
July 22, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Froome beats Dumoulin to win Tour de France TT as podium battle tightens; Rivera wins final stage as Cecchini claims overall at Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt; Gidich takes second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; BMC leadership questions answered: Porte seeks Tour de France podium, Van Garderen into support role; Stats and storytelling: how Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France; Froome in control, but behind, five riders in contention for podium finish in Paris; How Mark Cavendish got his Tour de France mojo back; Young cyclist talks about team pressures to dope; Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset; Archbold suffered through crashing to finish Tour stage; A Day On The Side of The Road; Scientists take a fresh look at what makes a bike stable; Tour de France, stage 18 recap; Tour de France, stage 17 on-board highlights; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 4 highlights; Sondre Hols Enger ‘celebrates’ on the team bus; The absolutely most-epic mountain bike video ever!
A high-speed crash into a wall while descending during stage 17 snapped Bora-Argon 18’s Shane Archbold’s bike frame in two. But the tough-as-nails Kiwi soldiered on, riding 70 kilometres to the summit finish.
What’s left of Shane ‘The Mullet’ Archbold’s (AUS/Bora-Argon18) bike after a crash earlier in the race.
He arrived back at the team bus with a shredded kit soaked in blood, and had to be helped up the stairs.
“I’ve never seen somebody go through so much pain – he’s so hard it’s unbelievable,” said teammate Sam Bennett, who rode with him to the finish.
“I didn’t see it, I only heard a little while after. The guys came up to me and said ‘is Shane OK and I was like I don’t know’. When I asked on the radio I couldn’t believe he was still in the race after the crash. Apparently the DS wanted him to stop, but he wants to finish the Tour so bad.”
“I can’t really complain about hurting if you see what he’s [Archbold] going through,” Bennett said, although he was unsure if he could be strong enough to contest the sprint on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.
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