@TheWittyWeasel I agree!
I think it was a very intelligent and brave decision. Hiding an injury might be seen as hard, brave and manly while quite frankly it is just stupid! Yes it is manly to do so, in the sense that it is pretty common for men to do so, to ACT as they were made of titanium, but the brave one in my opinion is the one who knows the limits of his body and respects when it tries to tell you that enough is enough.
I also think it was a respectful decision to the team. If he knows he can’t do 100% and do it safely then it is better to let another one do the job to get the maximum points home that weekend, instead of just going by his own ego.