RATHER THAN PULL OUT OF THE 1947 TOUR DUE TO SEPSIS, RENE VIETTO HAD HIS TOE AMPUTATED. THEN COMPLETED THE RACE.
ALSO, HERE, HE SEEMS TO HAVE NARROWLY AVOIDED A PLANE CRASH. FUCKING A MY MAN.
The other great Vietto story comes from the 1934 Tour in which he was on a break, the yellow jersey crashed (who was also the leader of his Team) and he had the virtual lead. But then the turned around (yes TURNED AROUND) went BACK up the mountain he just descended to give his team leader his bike. Mental.