While things look worrying for maillot jaune for Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step) as his continuation looks doubful with a broken collarbone, all three of the big favourites for GC came through the crash in the final of stage six of the Tour de France relatively unscathed.
Martin’s teammate Zdenek Stybar won the stage, soloing away from the reduced bunch to take a win on his debut Tour.
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was the first GC contender to be brought down in the crash as Martin knocked a Giant-Alpecin rider to the right, before Nairo Quintana (Movistar) rode into the melee narrowly in front of him.
Chris Froome received a knock to the right from Nibali, but managed to stay upright as crashes blighted the Tour yet again this week. Both were spotted discussing the crash on the Astana bus after Nibali accused the Sky leader of causing the incident.
The Italian looked to be holding his right side as he crossed the finish line, but reports suggest he was fine as he entered the team bus.
Froome tweeted shortly after that he was also ok, just suffering a grazed knee in the mix up.
Quintana looked to be worst off of the free, with blood visible on his right arm and hand as he came over the finish. His team reported shortly after that it was no more than “a surface wound” and that the Colombian hopes to be fine to continue on stage seven tomorrow into Fougères.