Record-breaking cyclist aiming to win Tour de France weeks after second smash left him with seven broken bones

A RECORD-breaking cyclist told how he is aiming to win the Tour de France just weeks after a second smash left him with seven broken bones.

Josh Quigley, 28, plans to return to training within days after fighting back from horrific injuries including a shattered arm and a fractured spine and pelvis.

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Josh is aiming to win the Tour de France

We told how he was seriously hurt after falling off his bike at 40mph while on winter training in Dubai in January.

And in December 2019, he was thrown 50ft into the air after a Cadillac hit him from behind in Texas, US, during one of his round-the-world bids — putting him in hospital with skull, foot, pelvis and rib fractures.

He was left with seven broken bones

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He was left with seven broken bones

Despite his setbacks, he still hopes to become the first Scot to  win the world’s biggest race.

Determined Josh, from Livingston, said: “Hopefully I’ll be back training next week indoors on the turbo trainer, and then back on the bike training. 


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“As a cyclist, winning the Tour de France is the biggest thing anyone could possibly do so that’s been my dream. 

“I’m also really passionate about being Scottish and there’s never been a Scottish winner of the race — so to go and win it would be the ultimate dream.

It was his second serious crash he has had on a bike

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It was his second serious crash he has had on a bike

“There are always going to be setbacks along the way, and that’s what I’m proving to myself and other people there’s nothing going to stop me on this.” 

Comparing his two accidents, Josh, who was last week also told he has arthritis in his hip, said: “The last crash I had in America, the last thing I remembered was riding my bike and then basically woke up in the back of a helicopter and then in the emergency room. 

“This one was a lot different, I was conscious throughout it. I had one or two seconds when I realised that I was coming off the bike at that speed, then I hit the ground and I was lying there for about an hour waiting on the ambulance, so that was really painful.

“I didn’t have any pain medication. It was a lot harder than the last one, the actual impact of the crash.”

In September last year, Josh — known as the Tartan Explorer — broke the record for the fastest time around the 516-mile North Coast 500.

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