Tony Martin reveals why he had to abandon Tour de France on Champs Élysées

The German made it all the way to final circuits in Paris on stage 21 before being forced to pull out of the Tour de France

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Tony Martin has revealed that an unexplained knee pain forced him to quite the Tour de France so close to the finish on stage 21.

The Etixx-Quick Step man had made it all the way to the circuits on the Champs Élysées before pulling off the course and heading straight to his team bus.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).