VIDEO. Cyclo-cross Worlds: “I had no other solution!” When a runner puts his broken finger back in place
This Sunday, during the cyclo-cross world championships in the Netherlands, Canadian cyclist Michael Van den Ham put himself back in place his broken ring finger before resuming the race. The gesture caught the attention of many Internet users impressed by the gesture of the runner. After the race, the Canadian posted photos of his injury and his brace.
This Sunday, the Canadian Michael Van den Ham finished the cyclo-cross world race in 33rd place, far behind the two untouchables Van Der Poel and Van Aert. A place in the standings went unnoticed, but it was a precise gesture by the 31-year-old runner who caught the attention of Internet users.
When finishing the first lap in Hoogehreide, the cyclist suddenly fell and dislocated the ring finger of his right hand. With full composure, he snapped his finger back. The gesture was filmed by television cameras.
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An improvised splint with tape and a pen
After the race, the Canadian made fun of his injury in a story posted on his Instagram account. “I had no other solution to resume the race,” he says. The runner was quick to show off his self-made emergency splint, duct tape and a pen, and quipped in the comment: “A pro splint.” He also posted a photo of his twisted finger right after he fell, twisting nearly 45 degrees.
This is not the first time that a cyclist has put himself back in place a body member. Primoz Roglic, second in the Tour de France in 2020, had performed the same gesture for his dislocated shoulder after a fall during the Tour de France last year.