Tour de France

Curse of yellow jersey strikes Martin

2015-07-09 23:30
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 - Tour de France leader Tony Martin became the second yellow jersey wearer to crash out of the race in a matter of days after he broke his collarbone in a dramatic climax to Thursday's sixth stage.

"Collarbone is broken. We will discuss further steps," 30-year-old Martin, who took the yellow jersey on Tuesday, had tweeted holding out some hope after the initial diagnosis.

However, his Etixx-Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere later told radio station Europe 1 that the German was out of the Tour.

"It is impossible for Tony to start Friday's stage," Lefevere told French radio station Europe 1.

Martin's misfortune follows that of Swiss Fabian Cancellara, who while wearing the yellow jersey broke two vertebrae in his back on Monday in another crash.

Martin - whose team-mate Zdenek Stybar won the stage bringing a bitter sweet end to the day - seemed to clip the wheel of Bryan Coquard in front of him and then wobbled to his right.

He hit Frenchman Warren Barguil and they both clattered into reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali - with all three hitting the deck - while fellow overall title hopefuls Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana were also caught up in the melee.

Martin spent some time on the ground holding his shoulder before gingerly getting back on his bike and being pushed to the line by a couple of teammates as he could not hold his handlebars.

Lefevere immediately feared the worst and told AFP just after the finish: "In another era you could ride with a broken collarbone but not any more.

"When I saw him coming to the finish being pushed by his team-mates, unable to pedal, I understood... (his collarbone is broken)"

It means the leader's yellow jersey will return to 2013 champion Froome for Friday's seventh stage from Livarot to Fougeres with a 13 second lead over American Tejay Van Garderen. Peter Sagan, who was second on Thursday's stage, is another two seconds further back.

It was a bitter-sweet victory for Stybar, who exploited the carnage caused by Martin's crash to escape from the lead group and win the 189.5km ride from Abbeville to Le Havre.

"It's absolutely a double feeling right now. It's a really amazing feeling, I don't really get it yet that I have won a stage of the Tour de France," said the 29-year-old Czech, a three-time world cyclo-cross champion.

"For me for the moment it's a really amazing feeling but on the other hand I feel real sorry for Tony."

No-one reacted to his attack and Stybar held on to win by two seconds with Sagan taking the sprint for second ahead of Coquard.

For Slovak Sagan it was his third second placed finish in the race to add to a third place and continues his frustrating run of near misses stretching back 41 stages to stage seven of the 2013 Tour.

Since then he has taken eight second places and 17 top five finishes without managing to snatch a win.

The other main news of the day was Eritrea's Daniel Teklehaimanot taking over the king of the mountains polkadot jersey.

Having already made history alongside compatriot Merhawi Kudus as the first black Africans to ride the Tour, while their MTN Qhubeka team is the first from Africa to take part in the Grand Boucle, he is now the first African to wear the polkadot jersey.

He is only the third African to wear any special jersey after South Africans Daryl Impey, who wore yellow for two stages in 2013 and Robbie Hunter, who held the young rider's white jersey in 2001.

"I was really, really happy today with (being on) the podium and of course to take the mountain jersey," said the 26-year-old.

"Of course it's a big history for myself, for the team and all Africa for the first time taking the mountain jersey."

Teklehaimanot was part of a three-man breakaway alongside Frenchman Perrig Quemeneur and Belgium's Kenneth Van Bilsen.

With three category four climbs along the route, Teklehaimanot knew there were enough points on offer for him to take the mountains jersey off the shoulders of Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez.

The breakaway had built up a lead of 12:30 within 30km of being out in front and they stayed in front long enough for Teklehaimanot to take the points atop all three climbs for his moment of history.

Results from the 6th stage of the Tour de France a 191.5km ride from Abbeville to Le Havre on Thursday:

1. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/ETI) 4h53min 46sec
2. Peter Sagan (SVK/TIN) at 0:02sec
3. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) 0:02.
4. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA) 0:02.
5. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 0:02.
6. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LOT) 0:02.
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/MTN) 0:02.
8. Davide Cimolai (ITA/LAM) 0:02.
9. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 0:02.
10. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/MOV) 0:02.
11. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 0:02.
12. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 0:02.
13. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:02.
14. Armindo Fonseca (FRA/BSE) 0:02.
15. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:02.
16. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 0:02.
17. Rigoberto Uran (COL/ETI) 0:02.
18. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 0:02.
19. Mathias Frank (SUI/IAM) 0:02.
20. Andrew Talansky (USA/CAN) 0:02.
21. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:02.
22. Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG/BSE) 0:02.
23. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/IAM) 0:02.
24. Julian Arredondo (COL/TRE) 0:02.
25. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE) 0:02.
26. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE) 0:02.
27. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 0:02.
28. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/BOA) 0:02.
29. Martin Elmiger (SUI/IAM) 0:02.
30. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) 0:02.
31. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/IAM) 0:02.
32. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/MTN) 0:02.
33. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:02.
34. Dominik Nerz (GER/BOA) 0:02.
35. Reto Hollenstein (SUI/IAM) 0:02.
36. Mickal Cherel (FRA/ALM) 0:02.
37. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 0:02.
38. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 0:02.
39. Florian Vachon (FRA/BSE) 0:02.
40. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 0:02.
41. Bram Tankink (NED/LNL) 0:02.
42. Gregory Rast (SUI/TRE) 0:02.
43. Serge Pauwels (BEL/MTN) 0:02.
44. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 0:02.
45. Jan Bakelants (BEL/ALM) 0:02.
46. Bryan Naulleau (FRA/EUC) 0:02.
47. Daniel Martin (IRL/CAN) 0:02.
48. Tiago Machado (POR/KAT) 0:43.
49. Alberto Losada (ESP/KAT) 0:02.
50. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/KAT) 0:02.
51. Simon Geschke (GER/GIA) 0:02.
52. Mark Cavendish (GBR/ETI) 1:00.
53. Pierre-Luc Perichon (FRA/BSE) 0:02.
54. Matthias Brandle (AUT/IAM) 0:02.
55. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) 1:10.
56. Filippo Pozzato (ITA/LAM) 0:02.
57. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 0:02.
58. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/TIN) 0:02.
59. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 0:02.
60. Geoffrey Soupe (FRA/COF) 0:02.
61. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 0:02.
62. Jan Brta (CZE/BOA) 0:02.
63. Nlson Oliveira (POR/LAM) 0:02.
64. Luke Durbridge (AUS/ORI) 0:02.
65. Jens Debusschere (BEL/LOT) 0:02.
66. Andr Greipel (GER/LOT) 0:02.
67. Romain Sicard (FRA/EUC) 1:24.
68. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ) 0:02.
69. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/BSE) 0:02.
70. Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN) 0:02.
71. Jos van Emden (NED/LNL) 1:27.
72. Michael Andersen (DEN/TIN) 0:02.
73. Rein Taaramae (EST/AST) 0:02.
74. Koen de Kort (NED/GIA) 0:02.
75. Warren Barguil (FRA/GIA) 0:02.
76. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 0:02.
77. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LOT) 0:02.
78. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LOT) 0:02.
79. Kristjan Koren (SLO/CAN) 1:53.
80. Arnaud Gerard (FRA/BSE) 0:02.
81. Zakkari Dempster (AUS/BOA) 0:02.
82. Florian Snchal (FRA/COF) 0:02.
83. Benot Vaugrenard (FRA/FDJ) 0:02.
84. Jrome Coppel (FRA/IAM) 1:53.
85. Sebastien Chavanel (FRA/FDJ) 0:02.
86. Arnaud Dmare (FRA/FDJ) 0:02.
87. Daniele Bennati (ITA/TIN) 0:02.
88. Brice Feillu (FRA/BSE) 1:58.
89. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/LNL) 1:58.
90. Angelo Tulik (FRA/EUC) 0:02.
91. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:02.
92. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 0:02.
93. Michael Schar (SUI/BMC) 2:18.
94. Danilo Wyss (SUI/BMC) 0:02.
95. Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST) 0:02.
96. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/MTN) 0:02.
97. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) 2:18.
98. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/LAM) 0:02.
99. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 0:02.
100. Jose Serpa Perez (COL/LAM) 0:02.
101. Sbastian Langeveld (NED/CAN) 0:02.
102. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/CAN) 0:02.
103. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) 0:02.
104. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/GIA) 0:02.
105. Mark Renshaw (AUS/ETI) 0:02.
106. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 3:06.
107. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC) 0:02.
108. Tom Leezer (NED/LNL) 3:06.
109. Ben Gastauer (LUX/ALM) 3:06.
110. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 3:06.
111. Stef Clement (NED/IAM) 3:06.
112. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 3:06.
113. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/BSE) 3:06.
114. Stijn Devolder (BEL/TRE) 3:06.
115. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 3:06.
116. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 3:06.
117. Jos Mendes (POR/BOA) 3:06.
118. Rafael Valls (ESP/LAM) 3:06.
119. Damien Gaudin (FRA/ALM) 3:06.
120. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 3:06.
121. Rubn Plaza (ESP/LAM) 3:06.
122. Alexandre Geniez (FRA/FDJ) 3:06.
123. Luis ngel Mat (ESP/COF) 3:06.
124. Frdric Brun (FRA/BSE) 3:06.
125. Matteo Bono (ITA/LAM) 3:06.
126. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/TIN) 3:06.
127. Lieuwe Westra (NED/AST) 3:06.
128. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 0:02.
129. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 3:06.
130. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 3:06.
131. Tyler Farrar (USA/MTN) 3:06.
132. Laurent Didier (LUX/TRE) 3:06.
133. Bob Jungels (LUX/TRE) 3:06.
134. Steve Morabito (SUI/FDJ) 3:06.
135. Adam Hansen (AUS/LOT) 3:06.
136. Merhawi Kudus (ERI/MTN) 3:06.
137. Stephen Cummings (GBR/MTN) 3:06.
138. Georg Preidler (AUT/GIA) 3:06.
139. Albert Timmer (NED/GIA) 3:06.
140. Tylan van Baarle (NED/CAN) 3:06.
141. Wilco Kelderman (NED/LNL) 3:06.
142. Kenneth Vanbilsen (BEL/COF) 0:02.
143. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOA) 3:06.
144. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 3:06.
145. Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI/MTN) 3:06.
146. Marcel Wyss (SUI/IAM) 3:06.
147. Paul Voss (GER/BOA) 3:06.
148. Tim Wellens (BEL/LOT) 3:06.
149. Lars Boom (NED/AST) 3:20.
150. Johan Van Summeren (BEL/ALM) 3:20.
151. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/EUC) 3:20.
152. Daniel Oss (ITA/BMC) 3:20.
153. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 3:20.
154. Laurens ten Dam (NED/LNL) 3:20.
155. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 3:20.
156. Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC) 3:20.
157. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 3:20.
158. Ian Stannard (GBR/SKY) 3:20.
159. Peter Kennaugh (GBR/SKY) 3:20.
160. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 3:20.
161. Adriano Malori (ITA/MOV) 3:20.
162. Winner Anacona (COL/MOV) 3:20.
163. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 3:20.
164. Pieter Weening (NED/ORI) 3:20.
165. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SKY) 3:20.
166. Sam Bennett (IRL/BOA) 3:20.
167. Svein Tuft (CAN/ORI) 3:20.
168. Michael Matthews (AUS/ORI) 3:20.
169. Greg Henderson (NZL/LOT) 3:20.
170. Leopold Knig (CZE/SKY) 3:28.
171. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/BMC) 4:03.
172. Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY) 0:02.
173. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 0:02.
174. Tony Martin (GER/ETI) 0:02.
175. Julien Vermote (BEL/ETI) 4:37.
176. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/ETI) 4:37.
177. Roy Curvers (NED/GIA) 0:02.
178. Michal Golas (POL/ETI) 0:02.
179. Matteo Trentin (ITA/ETI) 0:02.
180. Jos Herrada (ESP/MOV) 0:02.
181. Alex Dowsett (GBR/MOV) 4:37.
182. Ivan Basso (ITA/TIN) 4:45.
183. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/CAN) 4:45.
184. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 4:45.
185. Louis Meintjies (RSA/MTN) 4:45.
186. Nathan Haas (AUS/CAN) 5:40.
187. Marco Haller (AUT/KAT) 0:02.
188. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AST) 6:02.
. Michael Albasini (SUI/ORI) Withdrawn

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