'I'm ripped to pieces': Wrong place wrong time for Dan Martin as crash causes another setback

The UAE Team Emirates rider went down with just under 17km to go on stage eight and lost over a minute on GC

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Daniel Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) finished the eighth stage of the Tour de France in Amiens "ripped to pieces" after a crash in the final 17 kilometres.

Martin is able to continue the race, with X-rays clearing him of fractures, but he will certainly feel the pain of his back when he races over the cobbled of Roubaix on stage nine.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.