Andrew Talansky survives Tour de France stage 11

American Andrew Talansky on verge of quitting Tour de France after suffering back pain, but battles through stage 11 to finish

Andrew Talansky finishes last on stage eleven of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Andrew Talansky, winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, stopped at the side of the road due to severe back pain during Tour de France stage 11. Just when it looked like he was about to quit, he got back on his bike and then suffered alone through to the finish to make the time cut – just.

"I'm just suffering quite a bit from my crashes," Talansky said after battling through the 187.5-kilometre stage on Wednesday. "I have some really bad back pain but I just wanted to make it to the finish for my team.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.