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by Neal Rogers
July 5, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare wins hectic Stage 4 sprint at Tour de France; Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France after Stage 4 crash; Cavendish not to start Stage 5, injury confirmed as fractured shoulder blade; Van Vleuten takes Giro Rosa TT stage win as riders are surprised by steep climbs; Cannondale-Drapac in control at Tour of Austria as Slagter wins stage, Vanmarcke leads GC; Tony Martin continues racing at Tour de France with concussion; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 4 highlights.
German Tony Martin is racing the Tour de France covered in bandages and coping with what he’s described as a “small concussion” after a crash on Stage 2, Radsport-News.com reported.
The world time trial champion, who had hoped to win the Stage 1 time trial in Düsseldorf and sport the yellow jersey, instead started Stage 4 sitting nearly 13 minutes down on the general classification. After crashing on Stage 2, Martin finished Stage 3 with the Sprinter group, 2:52 behind winner Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe).
The Stage 2 crash was caused by Martin’s Katusha-Alpecin teammate Reto Hollenstein, 30km from the finish in Liége, Radsport-News.com reported.
“When I came to the finish, I was not feeling well, I was sick and dizzy in the stomach,” Martin said. “I usually jump up after a fall and go straight on, but this time I had to sit in the street for three minutes. There had been a real impact.”
Martin, who controversially continued on with a concussion at the 2013 Tour de France, said he’d suffered a “small concussion” on Sunday. “It caused me some problems, but otherwise everything is only superficial, and will heal in the next days.”
To read more, click through to Radsport-news.com.