Gilbert Gets Back to Pedaling After Terrifying Tour Crash

The Quickstep rider is on the road to recovery

RBA/AFP Photo: Bettini

Belgian Philippe Gilbert, who broke a kneecap in a spectacular crash on the Tour de France, posted on social media on Thursday that he has climbed back in the saddle. “First time on the bike after my crash,” he wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “Hope to be back in action this year.”

Gilbert accompanied the post with a video that included him flying over awall during a high-speed descent, giving a brief interview, showing off thescars on his left knee and riding a stationary bike.The 36-year-old former road-race world champion crashed on the descent of Porte d’Aspet in the Pyrenees on July 24 and fell into a ravine. He was hospitalised in Belgium anticipating a long convalescence. Quick-Step manager Patrick Lefevere told the Belga news agency that Gilberthoped to ride in the Tour of Turkey (October 9-14) and the Tour of Guangxi (October 16-21).