Tour de France cyclist miraculously escapes injury after a dramatic crash over a wall

Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert is a little banged up, but largely unscathed after a terrifying crash during Stage 16 of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

Gilbert, who rides with the Quick-Step Cycling team, was descending the Col de Portet-d’Aspet and leading the breakaway when he took an aggressive line on a turn. His back wheel began to falter and he lost control of his bike. He couldn’t stop, and managed to unclip before his bike crashed into a low stone wall. He went careening headfirst over the handlebars and tumbled into a ravine.

It was a scary moment, especially since that particular pass is where cyclist Fabio Casartelli crashed during the 1995 Tour de France. Casartelli was not wearing a helmet and sustained significant head and face injuries during the crash, and he died in the helicopter on the way to the hospital.

Thankfully, Gilbert didn’t sustain any major injuries, which is miraculous considering the speed he was going and how he went over the handlebars of his bike. Gilbert got help climbing back up to the roadway and doctors attended to him immediately. He had a bloody elbow and knee, but was able to get back on his bike and continue the Tour.

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BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors / Crash / Injury / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors / Crash / Injury / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors / Crash / Injury / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors / Crash / Injury / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Brian Holm of Denmark Sports Director and Team Quick-Step Floors / Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors / Crash / Injury / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Brian Holm of Denmark Sports Director and Team Quick-Step Floors / Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors / Crash / Injury / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Belgium's Philippe Gilbert rides after his fall in the descent of the Col du portillon pass during the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, on July 24, 2018. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Podium / Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors Most combative rider / Celebration / Injury / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Podium / Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors Most Combative Rider / Celebration / Crash / Injury / Legs / Miss / Hostess / Illustration / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
The injured leg of Belgium's Philippe Gilbert is pictured on the podium after the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, on July 24, 2018. (Photo by Jeff PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FRANCE - JULY 24: Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Team Quick-Step Floors / Injury / Detail view / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 16 a 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 24, 2018 in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Everyone was thrilled to see Gilbert emerge from the crash with just a few scrapes, since it could have been so much worse. His team shared a supportive message on Twitter, and so did Team Sky.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter at @lizroscher.

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