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Hesjedal races on despite broken rib at Tour de France

Daniel Benson
July 4, 2013, 23:22,
July 5, 2013, 10:17
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, July 5, 2013
Tour de France, Stage 6
Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp) at the start of stage 5

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp) at the start of stage 5

  • Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp) at the start of stage 5
  • Ryder Hesjedal lost a minute to his main rivals
  • Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp)

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Garmin Sharp riding with two in the top 15

Despite suffering from a broken rib, Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp) put on a brave face as he warmed down from the soaring temperatures of stage 6 at the Tour de France.

Hesjedal crashed on stage 1 before soldiering through the opening stages and the team time trial in Nice. In the last two days, has kept a low profile towards the back of the bunch, moving up inside the finales of each stage and remaining in contention with the rest of the GC hopefuls.

"It would of course be better if the wasn't broken. It's like having a knife going into your chest and back, and it's all day with my breathing and pedalling. It sucks," he told Cyclingnews as he warmed down outside the Garmin Sharp team bus.

Both Hesjedal and his teammate Andrew Talansky sit inside the top 15 on GC, with Daniel Martin and Tom Danielson just a handful of seconds further down the pecking order. It leaves Garmin with a number of options heading into the mountains although Christian Vande Velde has switched to survival and recovery following a crash on stage 5.

"I'm just going to be fighting for it everyday, just like I do every time. That's what we do as a team. We still have lots of guys in the race and that's what we wanted, and I think we're sitting pretty good based on how the race has been so far."

Hesjedal came into the Tour as a potential leader of Garmin. However the former Giro d'Italia winner has endured a mixed year due to illness and crashes. His merited performances at the Tour of Catalunya and Liege-Bastogne-Liege were damped by a Giro defence ruined by illness, while his Tour preparations were thrown into jeopardy by a crash in the Tour de Suisse.

However, despite the fall, Hesjedal reiterated his optimism for the up coming mountain stages and the team's depth.

"I've not shown any effects from the crash and everyone has an open card at the start of the race. We're going to see who is the strongest, and we have to make calls based off who has done what historically, too. We'll come up with the best plan we can from the whole team riding together. That what we do every time," he said, a reminder of the fact he stepped up and delivered a top 10 for the Garmin in the 2010 Tour when a number of riders crashed out.

"Just because you say one guy is the guy [in terms of leadership], it doesn't make it so. We have a lot of guys here who can do good rides and that's what we'll try and do.

"I'm in the Tour, and I feel good and other than having a broken rib it could always be worse."


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CanSprint More than 1 year ago
Go Ryder!!!!
CanadaSJRA More than 1 year ago
maplethedog More than 1 year ago
You gotta come up with a new phrase...
Galmozzi More than 1 year ago
Go Ryder Go!!
Latvian More than 1 year ago
go ryder go!
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Go Ryder Go Go....
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Go Ryder go, you're the man, you can do it, we know you can.
rule#5 More than 1 year ago
hope it heals up quick. good luck the rest of the way.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
*oops* G. Thomas and Ryder have set up the injury bar very high now. It'll be tough for teams to allow future riders to quit unless they lose a limb...
TheCycleSeen More than 1 year ago
He's been right out of luck since his Giro win. A contender for last years Tour he crashed out, a favorite for the Giro he took ill, looking good at the Tour de Suisse he crashed out, and now in the mix for this Tour and he's broke a rib. Very unlucky.
CP2013 More than 1 year ago
It's from riding with Christian Vande Velde... a guy with worse luck.
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
Some say there is no such thing as bad luck in the tour the france.. why do some people keep falling and getting hurt (vd Velde, Gesink vd Broek), while others like LA during his winning streak and Cadel Evans never ever fall. Its more a matter of confidence and knowing where to ride then just bad luck.
TheCycleSeen More than 1 year ago
It's partly where to ride, but more so it is luck as many riders have said in this Tour. Accidents can happen anywhere in the pack - the front, the rear, the left, the right - and there's not a lot you can do about it. Hesjedal is an exceptional bike handler, but just has run into a bit of misfortune. The 2012 Tour crash was brutal - it took down most of the Garmin team.
SmithR More than 1 year ago
Let's hope that the cartilagenous callous on that rib starts to reduce the pain about the time your 'third week strength' and mountain ability kick in, Ryder. You deserve a break.
Smizzers More than 1 year ago
Bad choice of words ;) He's already had a break!
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Too bad for Ryder, I broke 3 at once, they hurt when you lie down, try to sleep they hurt, nothing can be done to help them heal. They take months and months to get better. Hurt when you breathe. Really affect you more than you expect. Gutsy to stick in there Ryder Go Ryder Go!
wheel chaser More than 1 year ago
This shows once again what amazing athletes these riders are.
rainwatrs More than 1 year ago
the brother act from Lux should read this and learn.