Laurens Ten Damn. Only less freaky.

Better, thank-you.

Laurens Ten Dam — or as we like to call him — Laurens Eight Stitches — is feeling better.

He assumed the jersey of “most ugly rider” and won the coveted “Phantom of the Opera” award after his stage 14 face plant.

This reminds Twisted Spoke of something we saw the other day on a window for a French body piecing shop. The sign said “modification corporelle.” Yeah, that’s what Ten Damn did when he broke his fall into a ditch with his face.

The good news was he didn’t break a collarbone and have to abandon the Tour de France; the bad news was he looked like a horror movie freak show for a few days.

But the gauze is off and he’s good to go to Alp d’Huez. Just listen to the dermatology expert’s advice now: “Laurens, your face is messed up, for therapy I think you must climb that insane mountain in France.”

Well, that’s his plan and there is no stopping the Rabobank rider that teammates are calling “tougher than rock.” He just needs that super strong rock skin.

“I feel tired, of course, after three weeks of the Tour, but to recover from the injuries is hard. I haven’t found the legs I had before the crash,” said Ten Dam. ” I’m staying strong and tough and I’ll try to get to Paris. That’s the most important thing to me right now.”

Ten Damn trails only Vancansoleil’s Johnny Hoogerland in the purple jersey competition for most injured rider. It’s a battle that will go down to the wire in Paris.

We handing out a chapeau with a plastic face guard. Allez, you tough bastard.

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