Tony Martin, Tour de France 2012, stage nine

German time trial world champion Tony Martin will not start the 10th stage of the Tour de France in an effort to recuperate ahead of his London 2012 campaign.

Martin fractured his scaphoid in a stage one crash last week but pushed on to compete in the first time trial stage of the Tour in the rainbow bands.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.