Tony Martin abandons Tour de France after crash


Tony Martin dropped out of the 2021 Tour de France.

Road captain Jumbo-Visma suffered countless misfortunes in this race, crashing numerous times.

German time trial champion Martin fell again in the opening kilometers of stage 11 of the Tour, falling into a ditch in the incident.

He was able to get up but looked dazed by the side of the road.

TV cameras did not detect Martin’s accident, but he was caught on camera shortly after paramedics were put on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance.

Race organizers confirmed shortly after that Martin had retired from the Tour.

Martin crashed in the first 30 kilometers of stage 11, a 198 km race from Sorgues to Maulacène.

He is the third Jumbo-Visma rider to drop out of the Tour de France this year, after Robert Gesink left the race after a crash in the third stage (which also involved Geraint Thomas).

Later in the third stage Primož Roglič, leader of the Jumbo-Visma general classification, fell in the last 10 kilometers, suffering from cuts and bruises but fortunately avoiding any fractures.

After continuing the race, Roglič then started to waste time in the following stages as he struggled with his injuries, eventually deciding to leave the race before the start of the ninth stage.

Martin’s loss is a big blow as Jumbo-Visma backs young overall competitor Jonas Vingegaard, who currently sits fourth overall, and aims for stage wins for Wout van Aert.

Martin is the 20th rider to abandon this attritional Tour de France, with 163 riders still in the race.

The riders abandoned this race for a number of reasons, including the falls of Roglič and a selection of others, while Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) chose to abandon the race in the ninth stage for focus on their Olympic ambitions.

>>> Tour de France stage 11 LIVE: Sorgues to Malaucène

There were also a number of riders who failed to cut the time on the brutal ninth stage in Tignes, including Nic Dlamini (Qhubeka-NextHash) and sprinter Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ).


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