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by Shane Stokes
March 31, 2018
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EF Education First-Drapac rider Daniel Martinez is on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, according to his team. The Colombian climber was training in Italy on Tuesday and was attacked by a car driver. He suffered a concussion and memory loss, and was hospitalised.
Martinez had finished a fine seventh overall in the Volta a Catalunya last Sunday and is in good form. However the team doesn’t want to take any risks and won’t schedule him to compete. It issued an update via Twitter on Friday. “After a night in the hospital, he was released. Martinez sustained a concussion and short-term memory loss and is now in the team’s concussion protocol,” it stated. “He will be held out of racing until he fully recovers. Thank you all for the well wishes.”
Kristian Yustre was one of those training with Martinez and told El Tiempo what had happened. “We were training. He passed us very closely with his car, almost touching Daniel,” the Amore & Vita rider said. “Later he slowed down and began to get close to us. We passed the car, he braked hard, we recriminated him. We went ahead and didn’t look for a problem.
“Suddenly he hit Daniel and then he grabbed me, other cars arrived and separated us. He jumped in the car and escaped. People tell us that he was not Italian and we already know who he is, he’s a foreigner and we already know where he lives, he’s Romanian. He was crazy or drugged.”