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by Mark Zalewski

July 23, 2016

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Shane Archbold after breaking his pelvis: ‘Give me the f***ing bike’

by Dave Everett

On stage 17 of the Tour de France, on the descent off the Col de la Forclaz, Shane Archbold’s front wheel slid out from under him as he hit a soft patch of melted tarmac. The Bora-Argon 18 rider was doing 67km/h when he hit the deck, fracturing his pelvis as he did so.

Team Bora-Argon 18 mechanic Risto Usin was quickly on the scene when Archbold crashed and told CyclingTips that the Kiwi dusted himself down and quickly demanded a bike to complete the stage on.

“When I got there he was still down, he was just reaching (out) his hand to me,” Usin said. “‘Pull me up! Pull me up and give me the f**king bike!’”

Archbold was given a spare bike from the team car given his first bike had been destroyed, not when he crashed, but when Borut Bozic of Cofidis hit Archbold’s bike.

Archbold managed to finish the stage but after an X-ray and a thorough check-over by race doctors, the New Zealander learned he had in fact broken his pelvis, putting paid to any hopes of continuing and finishing the first Grand Tour of his career.

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