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2015 Velo Awards: Peraud rides out of his skin

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Dec. 22, 2015
Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r La Mondiale) suffered a terrible crash in stage 13 of the Tour de France. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media

It would have been asking too much for 38-year-old Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r La Mondiale) to top his 2014 Tour, when he finished second overall. But somehow his 2015 performance seems more memorable.

When the Frenchman skidded across the road in a solo crash on stage 13, what little was left of his kit revealed such massive wounds, everyone assumed his Tour was over. But Péraud not only remounted, he ferried water bottles to his teammates. It took 45 minutes to bandage him for the next stage, but he continued racing — all the way to Paris.

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