Tour de France

Gilbert survives Tour de France crash over stone wall

The Belgian crashed into a wall and tumbled into a ravine, but he managed to get back on his bike and continue riding.

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BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (VN) — Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) avoided serious injury after a dramatic crash over a stone wall in a high-speed descent in Tuesday’s 16th stage of the Tour de France. [related title=”More Tour de France news” align=”right” tag=”Tour-de-France”]

The Belgian appeared to come into a left-hander too fast on the descent off the Col de Portet-d’Aspet with about 60 kilometers to go.

Gilbert, 36, slowed his speed and tried to correct his line, but he clipped a stone wall and tumbled head-first over the handlebars into a ravine.

In dramatic TV images, Gilbert toppled into the tree-filled slope off the side of the road.

It appeared Gilbert, who was away on a solo attack, was not seriously injured.

Gilbert clamored back onto the roadway and was attended to by Tour doctors and Quick-Step officials. Gilbert gave a thumbs up to the TV cameras and climbed back on his bike.

Gilbert doggedly pushed on, with his left elbow and knee bloodied.

The descent is the same pass where Fabio Carsartelli crashed and died in 1995.