Pictures were taken of Archbold’s bike, broken in two on the road, but Bora-Argon 18 ‘reassured’ fans that the bike survived the impact, but was broken when Cofidis rider Borut Bozic hit it at high speed moments later.
Bozic didn’t continue after the crash, having hit the ground at a reported 74kph on the descent of the Col des Mosses – his second crash of the day.
Medical inspections after the stage showed a fracture in Archbold’s pelvis and the man with the best mullet in cycling was forced to wave goodbye to the Tour.
Cancellara was riding his final Tour de France, having announced his decision to retire at the end of the season. He holds the record for wearing the yellow jersey for the most number of days without winning the general classification, which stands at 29.