Nic Dlamini applauded across the line as he battles injury to finish Tour de France stage nine over 40 minutes outside the time cut

The Qhubeka-NextHash rider crashed early in the stage

Nic Dlamini on stage nine of the 2021 Tour de France
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Crashes results in injuries, and often a rider will hop into their team car to end the pain and misery if it's too much. Not Nic Dlamini, though.

The Qhubeka-NextHash rider crashed hard in the early part of stage nine of the 2021 Tour de France, and the 25-year-old then spent the rest of the day at the back of the race.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.