I don't know if this year is just particularly more gruesome than previous runnings of the Tour de France or if cyclists are just some of the most badass athletes on the face of the planet. Here are a couple of videos and photos from this year's race that emphasize my point.
The above video comes from the Tour's ninth stage and features a French t.v. car running into the lead pack, sending Juan Antonio Flecha of Spain careening into Dutch cyclist Johnny Hoogerland causing a major crash. The crash caused Hoogerland to flip into a barbed wire fence causing lacerations to much of his lower body, including his testicles, that would later require stitches. With his racing shorts all but completely torn off his body, Hoogerland managed to get back on his bike and finish off the remaining twenty miles or so to the stage's finish line.
No, the man above is not a cast member from the new season of The Walking Dead. He is actually Dutch cyclist Laurent ten Dam. During a recent downhill stage of the Tour, Laurent went toppling over his handle bars and suffered numerous lacerations to his face and the rest of his body. Most of us would call it a day at that point, but Laurent decided to keep racing on. Here's the video of the accident:
And here are a few more random photos and videos of mayhem from the 2011 Tour de France. You know, just for funsies.