Dan Martin's hopes of winning Tour de France 'probably over' after losing time in crosswinds

Irish rider loses 51 seconds in crosswinds on stage 16

Daniel Martin in the 2017 Tour de France.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) has said his dreams of taking the Tour de France yellow jersey are very likely over after he lost 51 seconds in the crosswinds on stage 16.

When the race split in the crosswinds between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-sur-Isère, Martin found himself in the second group and with Team Sky, Team Sunweb and Ag2r La Mondiale pushing the pace in the front group he was unable to catch back on.

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