José Joaquin Rojas (32) broke his leg during stage 20 at the 2016 Vuelta a España. The crash into a guard rail at the side of the road left him with open fractures to his calf bone. Amazingly, the Spaniard then raced with a metal rod still in his leg throughout the 2017 season.
Mañana pasaremos por quirófano para extraer este clavo intramedular de la tibia y mandar los dolores a paseo ? pic.twitter.com/3dbkiaIwob
— jose joaquin rojas (@jjrojillas) October 9, 2017
His results were impressive. He took the fifth place at the Amstel Gold Race, picked up top 10 finishes on stages of the Vuelta and the Volta a Catalunya and even managed to complete both the Giro and the Vuelta.
— jose joaquin rojas (@jjrojillas) October 10, 2017
Now, after more than a year of living with a rod inside his body, doctors finally removed it, leaving Rojas to pose with the piece of metal for a very impressive photograph. He even joked he was going to have a better watts-per-kilogram ratio, now that he lost the metal weight.