Tour de France

TdF leader Tony Martin leaves with broken collarbone

2015-07-09 19:54
Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, lies on the road with a broken collar bone after crashing in the last kilometre of the sixth stage. (Stephane Mantey, AP)

Le Havre - Germany's Tony Martin looked livid on the podium as he received another yellow jersey from Tour de France organisers.

Martin fell at slow speed in an uphill section of the road near the finish and after an X-ray confirmed he had a broken collarbone, his team decided that he won't continue.

The cyclists raced over a distance of 191.5km from Abbeville on Thursday and the stage was won by Czech Zdenek Stybar of the Etixx-Quick Step team. 

Martin said afterwards: "When you are not going very fast, you fall with your whole body weight. Hopefully we will avoid the worse and I will be able to start tomorrow." (on Friday).

He confirmed after undergoing X-rays that he had broken his collarbone.

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, who was also involved in the crash, said "I hit my shoulder and's always problematic when you fall."

Another Tour favourite, Colombian Nairo Quintana, was also involved in the pile-up. Both Quintana and Nibali got back on their bikes and completed the stage. They will be credited the same time as the main pack as the crash happened within the final 3km.

The points classification as reported by Reuters:

1. Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto) 161

2. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Tinkoff - Saxo) 158

3. John Degenkolb (Germany / Giant) 120

4. Mark Cavendish (Britain / Etixx - Quick-Step) 94

5. Bryan Coquard (France / Europcar) 86

6. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic / Etixx - Quick-Step) 63

7. Tony Martin (Germany / Etixx - Quick-Step) 60

8. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing) 58

9. Perrig Quemeneur (France / Europcar) 46

10. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway / Team MTN) 45.

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