Watch: Tour De France Rider Somehow Recovers From Horrific Crash

Watch: Tour De France Rider Somehow Recovers From Horrific Crash
By Eoin Lyons Updated

Tour de France rider Philippe Gilbert can count his lucky stars he is still in the competition after a nasty fall off of a wall on stage 16 of the tour that left him bruised and bloodied.

Coming down a steep  descent from Ported d'Aspet in the Pyrenees, the cyclist seemed to lose control of his bike, veering into a wall at the edge of the road and falling into the forested area below:

Remarkably the 36-year-old was none too fazed by the fall, and it was mere minutes before he was back on his bike. Even more remarkably, Gilbert managed to catch up with the peloton, and could be seen nursing his arm following the fall.

There was another unfortunate incident earlier in the day, when several riders got pepper spray in their eyes after police tried to disperse a protest by farmers on the track near Fanjeaux, 18 miles into stage 16. The protesters dumped bales of hay on the road and the mace used by the authorities to move the demonstrators ended up in the eyes of the competitors, with the race being stopped so that doctors could attend the cyclists.
Current Tour de France leader Geraint Thomas was one of over 100  riders that had to stop after being affected by the incident.

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