It takes the support of many different people for the riders of a team to make it successfully through a Grand Tour. Today we received the news that Patrick's BORA - ARGON 18 team mate Shane Archbold was forced to quit the Tour following a crash during the stage today. Despite fracturing his pelvis 'The Flying Mullet' continued until the end of the stage, not even finishing last man on the road.
Today Patrick was joined on the Tour by his girlfriend. She will accompany him each day now until the final stage in Paris. Good luck to Patrick and the rest of the guys - we hope they all stay out of trouble and get safely to the Champs Elysee.
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