The pain and the glory: Nine photos of serious suffering on a bike

Fabio Aru isn't the first person to make it very clear just how hard it is to be a professional cyclist

Giro d'Italia - Stage 16

Fabio Aru on stage sixteen of the 2015 Tour of Italy (Graham Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

It's tough out there in the world of pro cycling. Sure, you've got to be a bit of a glutton for punishment to get into the sport in the first place, but there's pain and there is pain.

Here at Cycling Weekly, after seeing Fabio Aru's emotional response to being passed by Alberto Contador on the Mortirolo, we've been racking our brains (and our photo libraries) for some of the moments when it all got too much.

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