'Why would I throw the towel in and not finish?': Simon Clarke has been riding the Tour de France with a fractured back

The Australian is just one of dozens of walking wounded riders in the peloton

Simon Clarke at the 2021 Tour de France
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Cycling has a new member to add to its brave, you-wouldn't-see-a-footballer-continuing-like-this list: Simon Clarke.

In what has been a very nervous edition of the Tour de France with an abnormal amount of crashes and high-profile victims, some riders have estimated that half of the peloton have been involved in crashes.

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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.