Hello and welcome to our latest episode of ‘Cyclists Are Hard As Nails’, with your appreciative hosts, Mpora.
Earlier this week we brought you the news that despite breaking his back in a gruesome 20-bike pile up during the Tour de France, race leader Fabian Cancellara managed to ride the remaining 55km to the stage three finish line, up hills with gradients of 25 percent, with two fractured vertebrae.
“I have five stitches in one place and two in another, but I can’t be bothered with those…”
Of course, Fabian, who later withdrew from the race, wasn’t the only one hurt in that incident. Several other riders abandoned the Tour as well after receiving hardcore injuries, but one man who wouldn’t let a bit of pain come between him and his business was Greg Henderson, who’s battling on despite two broken ribs.
Yes, you read that right.
Greg is normally seen helping out sprinter and Lotto-Soudal teammate Andre Greipel on tour, but after the crash he was left with cuts and bruises as well as the horrible aforementioned rib problem.
The ex-Team Sky Kiwi was forced to sit out of stage five of the race because of the injuries, but returned to the peloton for stage six. While he is set to miss stage seven due to the pain, he’s still battling to make it back for the rest of the race.
“It’s the breathing that’s the problem,” he said, which we must add is a pretty serious problem as far as staying alive goes. “If it’s just riding along in the peloton it’s alright, but when I go full gas against crosswind or uphill, I can’t breathe.
“I have two broken ribs and they expand so much that I’m in big trouble when it gets super hard.
— Lotto Soudal (@Lotto_Soudal) July 10, 2015
“I can’t even put my clothes on. The way to do it is just to keep suffering [though]. I have five stitches in one place and two in another, but I can’t be bothered with those.”
We’ve got to say that while we’re still mightily impressed by Cancellara, who we hope is making a steady recovery, Mr. Henderson takes the biscuit on this one.
We’re guessing he spends his spare time each morning banging his head off a wall to get rid of any remaining brain cells aware of the concept of pain.