Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 26, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Claeys wins third stage of Tour de Wallonie; Simon Yates takes first pro win at Prueba Villafranca; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 17-21; The supertuck, super sprinters, and the Running Man: The 10 most memorable moments of the 2016 Tour de France; Using Tour of Utah defense as training, Dombrowski eyeing victory at Leadville 100 MTB Race; Quintana to skip Rio Olympics; Tony Martin abandons Tour de France on final stage; Caffeine more harmful than helpful; On-board highlights from Tour de France, stage 21; Best of the 2016 Tour de France; Tour de France 2016: What’s been the best moment for you?; A stage win from inside the team car; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 21

Tony Martin abandons Tour de France on final stage

by CyclingTips

The final stage of the Tour de France is supposed to be a ceremonial stage, ridden mostly at a gentlemen’s pace until the Champs Élysées. So it was a surprise to see German Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) abandon the race on the final day. Martin revealed the reason on his Facebook page Monday, saying a pain in his knee began on stage 20 and got worse on Sunday.

Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep), a three-time world time trial champion, just cracked the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. Photo: Cor Vos

Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep), a three-time world time trial champion, just cracked the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. Photo: Cor Vos

“Due to severe knee pain yesterday unfortunately I had to prematurely end the Tour. I’m really disappointed. It’s never nice in a race to have to get off. Yesterday I absolutely wanted to start, so that I could help Marcel as much as possible in the finale.”

“But after only 20 kilometres I knew that I couldn’t do it, the pain was simply too much. The relaxed ride up to the Champs Élysées was good for me, but then I turned off directly to the bus. The pain started on Saturday and came out of the blue. So far we still have no explanation for it. Maybe an overload, maybe a reaction to the slightly cooler temperatures through the rain.”

The three-time time trial world champion, and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the time trial, is expected to contend for gold at the upcoming Olympic Games and was always planning to leave immediately after the finish to begin preparations.

“I will use the next few days to try and figure out the cause and see that I can fully use the knee again.”

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