Tour de France 2018: Philippe Gilbert in horror crash after flipping over wall… but gets up and carries on

BELGIAN ace Philippe Gilbert flew over a WALL at the Tour de France, as he headed on a solo break.

The veteran pro, 36, was in a breakaway on stage 16 and flying down a descent from Ported d'Aspet in the Pyrenees with the peloton following hard behind.

 Philippe Gilbert shows his elbow after a fall that was clearly as bad as it looked

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Philippe Gilbert shows his elbow after a fall that was clearly as bad as it looked
 Belgium rider Philippe Gilbert was patched up and got on with things following the amazing accident

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Belgium rider Philippe Gilbert was patched up and got on with things following the amazing accident
 Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert flipped over a wall at the Tour de France

Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert flipped over a wall at the Tour de France
 Gilbert, 36, amazingly managed to carry on despite suffering a nasty fall

Gilbert, 36, amazingly managed to carry on despite suffering a nasty fall
 Gilbert somehow managed to continue after crashing over the wall

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Gilbert somehow managed to continue after crashing over the wall

He sat on the wall just moments after the crash as medical staff gave him a check over.

Gilbert got up and carried on after a few minutes.

The crash seemed to happen after Gilbert's wheels locked up after coming off a bend at high speed.

The Tour de France Twitter account said: "We've all been very scared, but Philippe Gilbert is OK and will go back on the bike."

 Crash victim Philippe Gilbert had one thing to celebrate - after he was named most combative rider

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Crash victim Philippe Gilbert had one thing to celebrate – after he was named most combative rider
 Philippe Gilbert tucks into a snack after he managed to carry on racing despite his fall

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Philippe Gilbert tucks into a snack after he managed to carry on racing despite his fall

While Team Sky tweeted: "We’re relieved to see Philippe Gilbert back up and racing after a bad crash while descending the Portet d’Aspet.

"Great to see a thumbs up as he gets back on the bike."

Following his horrific crash, Gilbert dropped off from the main group, and appeared to be nursing an arm injury.

There was chaos earlier on in the day at the Tour de France, when the race had to be stopped after riders were sprayed with tear gas.

 Geraint Thomas is in the Yellow Jersey and was one of the riders with tear gas caught in his eyes

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Geraint Thomas is in the Yellow Jersey and was one of the riders with tear gas caught in his eyes

Team Sky star Geraint Thomas was one of 100 riders who drifted into a cloud of tear gas after police attempted to stop a farmers' strike.

A host of riders were forced to use eye drops, while some had to be treated by their team doctors.

Former Yellow Jersey wearer David Millar said on ITV's coverage: "This is a classic farmers' strike, at the last minute tractors pushed the bales of hay in.

 The smash-up failed to shake the spirit of smiling Belgian Philippe Gilbert

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The smash-up failed to shake the spirit of smiling Belgian Philippe Gilbert

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BELGIAN ace Philippe Gilbert flew over a WALL at the Tour de France, as he headed on a solo break.