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Crash forces Archbold out of Tour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/07/2016

New Zealand cyclist Shane Archbold has been forced out of the Tour de France after crashing and breaking his pelvis.

Riding for German team Bora-Argon 18, the 27-year-old Timaru rider crashed into a wall 105km into the 17th stage on the descent after the second King of the Mountain climb up the category three Col des Mosses.

The team website said Archbold was travelling at about 80km/h when he came off, with nearly 80km of the stage from Berne in Switzerland to a mountain-top finish at Finhaut-Emosson still remaining.

He was examined by the tour doctor before remounting and struggling through to finish the stage in the grupetto at the back of the field, nearly 40 minutes astray of the leaders.

Bora-Argon said further examination showed Archbold, who won gold in the scratch race at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games two years ago, had a broken pelvis.

"The fracture is stable but he has to retire from the Tour de France. The whole team wishes you all the best and a speedy recovery, mate!"

One of Archbold's teammates, Irishman Sam Bennett, rode with him to the finish and said the Kiwi had shown impressive resolve to carry on.

"I've never seen somebody go through so much pain - he's so hard it's unbelievable," Bennett told

Greg Henderson, riding for Belgian team Lotto Soudal, also helped nurse his compatriot across the line, afterwards lauding Archbold on Twitter for his tenacity.

"Gutsy effort to crash downhill and still finish the stage," he tweeted.

"Don't be too hard on yourself. Epic to finish today. Get home. Rest up. Get that hip healed."

The stage was won by Russia's Ilnur Zakarin of Team Katusha in 4hr 36min 33sec, 55sec clear of second-placed Colombian Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling)

Tour leader Chris Froome finished nearly eight minutes down, but his grasp on the yellow jersey tightened as he covered his main rivals and now holds a 2min 27sec with four stages remaining.

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