How Tough Are You?

All bicyclists understand the maxim cycling is enduring pain. Pain can be a strong headwind, a quick kiss of tarmac, too many miles at LT, blown legs after over exertion on a climb…the list is endless. Just ask any cyclist and they’ll have plenty of stories about how badly it hurt.

During stage 5 (26k ITT) of the 2008 Tirreno-Adriatico High Road racer Linus Gerdemann rewrote the book on enduring pain. Gerdemann crashed hard in a turn. A little bloody and bruised, he did what most pro cyclist do and climbed on a replacement bike. Despite the crash, he crossed the line in 8th place, at 1.16 behind winner Fabian Cancellara. Gerdemann immediately fell to the ground where he was assisted by medical techs. In addition to some bumps and bruises, Gerdemann also has two small fractures in his left leg and torn ligaments in his left knee. The damage is serious enough to require surgery. Yet, Gerdemann claims he will be back in form for the 2008 Tour de France. Wow!

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