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Cycling fans watch the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs Elysees on September 20, 2020 in Paris, France. The Tour de France, first organized in 1903, is an annual 23-day, men's bicycle race. (Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)

I’ve always thought of ice hockey players as being the toughest athletes on Earth. They routinely play through all sorts of injuries. But perhaps the toughest athlete in the world is a man who’s more familiar with pedals than pucks.

Italian cyclist Daniel Oss had been competing in Stage 5 of the Tour de France on Wednesday, July 6th. According to CNN, an overzealous spectator with a smartphone got in the way of the race, as you’ll see below. The interference caused the 35-year-old Oss to crash and literally break his neck in the process.

Despite the setback, Daniel Oss displayed great intestinal fortitude by getting back on his bike and finishing the stage. Unfortunately, after a medical examination, doctors determined that he had a “fracture of cervical vertebrae requiring immobilization for a few weeks.” Oss had to withdraw from the Tour de France.

I’ve never been a big follower of the Tour de France or cycling in general. However, I think I need to start rooting for Daniel Oss. Here’s hoping he can start riding again soon. As for the guy with the smartphone, he may want to lay low for a while.