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After the falls, loneliness lingers

Exploring desolate ground covered by pro cyclists who crash out of the sport

Updated: November 14, 2012, 3:22 PM ET
By Matthew Beaudin | VeloNews.com

BOULDER, Colo. -- A wobble. An inch. A broken back, busted teeth, blood pooling, on the road and in the skull. Femurs snapped like toothpicks under a heavy thumb. Cringe.

The physical atrocities of severe bike crashes are tangible, stomach-turning. This is the cost of pinning on a number, of doing business and fighting for a living in a sport where the only protections are tights and Styrofoam buckets.

There's another side to all the replays, the photos, the ...

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