Cycling Injuries @ 2014 Tour de France

It has been a crazy first few days at the tour, with record crowds in England and some excellent racing. But it hasn’t come without a price.

For those out there that believe cycling injuries are merely the result of overuse, ill-timed training or poor fit, think again. Two big names in the peloton are out of the tour already, and headed to the operating room. Both are due to crashes. Some will argue that they were preventable (reckless sprinting and intruding spectators)…but the fact remains that traumatic/catastrophic injuries will occur.

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish ruptured all the ligaments around his acromioclavicular joint and suffered a separated shoulder during the sprint finish to stage one of the Tour de France in Harrogate. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Mark Cavendish

Sprinting specialist. High speed crash resulting in separated AC joint in his shoulder. Headed for surgery to stabilize. Out for 6 weeks.

Andy Schleck

Tour Overall Contender. Benign fall after the peloton scuffled with a fan taking a picture. Headed to surgery to repair and debride the tissues in his knee. Out of the Tour, unknown prognosis.


With all of the injuries, it’s no surprise that the Tour organizers/jury have pulled 2 cobble sections out of today’s stage to increase the safety for the cyclists.

Best of luck to the remaining participants!