Cyclist dislocates shoulder in a massive Tour de France crash, still finishes stage

Dutch cyclist Laurens ten Dam suffered a dislocated shoulder in a massive crash during the third stage of the Tour de France Monday. Rather than quit the race — as several other riders were forced to do — Ten Dam told his team to pop his shoulder back into place and was able to finish the stage, according to Cycling News’ Laura Weislo.

“I said that they had to pop my shoulder back in,” Ten Dam said. “I have trained very hard, so I don’t want to abandon the race even before we enter France.”

The crash occurred while the peloton was travelling at approximately 26 mph on a slight downhill, according to the event’s Twitter account. One cyclist clipped the wheel of another in front him, which caused a ripple effect:

The crash was so devastating that at least six riders were forced to pull out of the race, including race leader Fabian Cancellara and third-place rider Tom Dumoulin. Ten Dam’s team director Nico Verhoeven told Weislo he initially thought the Dutch cyclist was going to have to quit as well.

“His bike was already on top of the car,” Verhoeven said. “We thought that he was out of the race, but he said that he didn’t want to leave the Tour and that his shoulder had to be popped back in. When we knew that the race was neutralized, he was able to return quietly. He was chatting quickly afterwards. Laurens is a tough one.”

Ten Dam’s team uploaded a video to YouTube capturing the aftermath of the crash through the eyes of their mechanic. In the video, Ten Dam’s team initially finds him curled up on the ground in serious pain:

After switching out the damaged bike for a new one, the mechanic returns to find Ten Dam sitting up talking to a medic, but still clutching his injured shoulder:

Here’s what he tweeted before stage four:

After stage four, Ten Dam sits in 186th place, 36 minutes off the lead. His teammate Robert Gesink is in 13th place, less than two minutes off the lead.

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