Tony Martin suffers a broken collarbone in a crash one kilometre from the finish of stage six at the Tour de France

Tony Martin retained the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on stage six, but a nasty crash one kilometre from the finish line ended his participation in the race.

The Etixx-Quick-Step rider went down hard when he clipped the wheel of a Europcar rider on his inside – a crash which brought down 2014 Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali and held up dozens of others.

While Nibali seemed unscathed as he got back on his bike, Martin looked in a lot more trouble, cradling his left arm and was later diagnosed with a broken collarbone.

Later, Etixx took to Twitter to confirm that Martin had pulled out of the race as his injuries require surgery. It is the second time this week that the yellow jersey holder has sustained injuries that have forced him out of a race, after Fabian Cancellara broke two vertebrae on stage three.

With the crash coming inside the final 3km, the German was free to take his time before getting back on the bike – knowing he’d be given the same time as the group he was in when the incident occurred.

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But as he rode up the final climb of the day he was flanked by teammates, keeping him steady as he continued to cradle his arm. World champion Michal Kwiatkowski and Etixx teammate Julien Vermote were either side of Martin to help him stay upright.

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Martin’s colleague Zdenek Stybar broke free of the small remaining bunch at the front of the race and soloed to the stage win, but there will be mixed emotions in the Etixx camp tonight.


  • J1

    Huge shame, Tony is a legend.

  • The Awakening

    It would appear that Tony Martin MAY have tried to go for the gap that opened up to his right hand side in front of him. Tony, would appear to not have realised that there was a rider closing up behind him to his right. So when Tony made that ‘fateful’ move to his right to go into the gap in front of him, a rider just behind him had caught up with him, with half a bikes overlap to Tony’s bike…

    Just watched this replay and it COULD be the reason. It is just a line of reasoning, worthy of evaluation.

  • J M

    Such a shame. His pride and pleasure in wearing the Yellow Jersey were almost palpable. Top, selfless rider. A huge loss both to his team and to the Tour. Hope to see him back as soon as possible.

  • The Awakening

    Desperately bad luck for Tony Martin.

    I have just watched Greg LeMonds interview and it would appear that a loss of concentration may have played a part. Just one of those things.’t+think+Tony+was+paying+attention&dashboard=tour-de-france&id=lemond-tour-don-think-tony-190951807&yr=2015

    Get well soon Tony.

  • iddqd13

    I might be naive, but why haven’t the broken-collarbone issue been adressed by companies heavily invested in the teams. (And for amateurs, major market opportunity here or what). Something like the Hövding helmet, but that works.

  • smerkysmerk

    Martin is one tough guy! After initial bad luck, he makes some of his own and ends up wearing the yellow jersey. Such perseverance! Best of luck Tony!

  • Nathan Perry

    Think you mean Tony?

  • poisonjunction

    It’s really sad to see him leave, and I’m sure everyone is pleased that at last he donned a coveted Tour Yellow. It will be satisfying for him and something to reflect on as he recovers, but no compensation.
    It tends to be the guy who touches the wheel that gets blamed, but it is rarely just him.
    Often you see a rider slowly going ‘backwards’, having done a hard turn at the front, or watch when riders at the front switch across the road, there is an immediate ‘crocodile tail’ response as the following riders react. The ripple effect may cause some to slow
    unexpectedly, suddenly there’s a situation particularly when you are riding cheek by jowel with 50 odd other riders, all literally millimetres from a back wheel. If you brake or even just check back on the pedals, thats the guy behind done for!

    No, I’m not saying this was the situation, but TM was certainly one ‘fall’ guy.
    Hurry back Tony.
    [Thanks Nathan}