Crashes at the 2010 Tour de France
Yaroslav Popovych of the Ukraine grimaces in pain after he crashed during the 10th stage of the Tour de France on July 14, 2010.
Evolution of a crash
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (No. 21) was caught up in a crash with Spain's Ivan Velasco (No. 188), Denmark's Matti Breschel (center, in white), Spain's Egoi Martinez and Poland's Sylvester Szmyd during the July 11, 2010 leg between Les Rousses and Morzine Avoriaz ski resort. It was one of the three crashes Armstrong got caught up in that day. After the stage was finished, Armstrong declared his Tour de France title hopes "finished" as well.
All torn up
The back of Lance Armstrong's jersey showed some of the damage from his eighth-stage crash.
Down in a ditch
As Matthieu Ladagnous of France crashed out by the side of the road on July 9, 2010 during the sixth stage of the Tour de France, other riders warned each other about his spill.
Fan comes to rider's aid
Luxembourg's Frank Schleck listens to a fan after he crashed in the first France's cobblestones sector at the end of the third stage ran between Wanze and Arenberg, northern France, on July 6, 2010 in Arenberg.
The pack looks back as riders crash in their wake on July 6, 2010 during the third stage of the 21-day challenge.
One of the worst
Juan Jose Oroz of team Euskaltel-Euskadi crashed along stage 2 of the Tour de France on July 5, 2010 in Spa, Belgium. His was one of Stage 2's more serious accidents. Even injured, Oroz pushed through to finish the race in the 165th position.
Never give up
Tyler Farrar of the United States grimaces in pain after crashing during the second stage. The accident occurred when a rider from the AG2R La Mondiale team hit Farrar's rear wheel as they were in the final sprint of the stage. Banged up and clutching his shoulder, Farrar went on to finish the race by walking across the finish line.
Survival as sweet as victory
France's Lloyd Mondory celebrates crossing the finish line after he crashed earlier on July 4, 2010. He was one of many riders who crossed the finish line on foot that day as dozens of cyclists crashed in a massive pileup only half a mile from the finish.
Leave no one behind ... even a bike.
France's Lloyd Mondory is pictured here as he carries his bicycle away from the finish line after a devastating crash threw him from his bike during Stage One.
Italy's Mirco Lorenzetto required assistance after he crashed during Stage 1 on July 4, 2010. He was one of the 14 riders who were listed as having multiple wounds and bruises following the event.
Mathias Frank of Switzerland crosses the finish line after crashing during the prologue of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 5.5 miles in the port city of Rotterdam, Netherlands on Saturday July 3, 2010.
Don't hold back
Manuel Cardoso of Spain crosses the finish line after crashing in the prologue of the Tour. His was one of many brutal accidents leaving riders bloodied and banged up as they continued toward the finish line.