Wout Poels riding with broken rib and injured lung as he starts stage two of the Tour de France

The Dutchman is one of many riders soldiering on

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Wout Poels starts stage two of the Tour de France with a broken rib and a lung contusion after being one of many riders caught up in crashes on a manic stage one.

"It was not ideal, my ribs are a little bit sore...but the sun is shining and we'll try to make the best of it today," Poels said before the start of the stage, putting on a brave face.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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