It's the biggest cycling event in the world — a yearly test of speed, stamina, mental toughness, and the ability to push through pain. The Tour de France wreaks physical havoc on riders every year, with scary crashes leaving the best cyclists in the world battered, bloody and, at times, unable to continue. As the 2018 race winds down, FOTO brings you the painful side of the Tour de France. (WARNING: Though all the cyclists pictured here survived, some of their injuries are graphic.) Above: The Netherlands' Laurens ten Dam continues after a bloody crash on stage 14 in 2011.Chris Graythen/Getty Images A bloody Tiesj Benoot of Belgium finishes stage four after a big pile-up during this year's edition of the Tour de France. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images Spain's Alberto Contador powers through 2016's opening stage after sustaining a huge gash on his shoulder. Tim de Waele/Getty Images Philippe Gilbert is helped out of a ditch after crashing into a stone wall on a descent during stage 16 of this year's Tour de France. The Belgian would continue and complete the stage but an injured leg makes his return doubtful.
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