Tony Martin abandons Vuelta a España after crash involving Primož Roglič and Miguel Ángel López

More general classification drama in the Spanish tour on an expected sprint day

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The Vuelta a España offered up more drama on stage 19, as Tony Martin was forced out of the race after a crash that also brought down some of the overall favourites.

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With around 65km of the stage to race, riders in the peloton crashed on a narrow downhill stretch of road with race leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Miguel Ángel López (Astana) both going down.

A large number of Jumbo-Visma riders were involved in the fall, with Tony Martin coming of worst and abandoning the race.

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Jumo-Visma said on Twitter: "Due to the heavy crash, Tony Martin has unfortunately abandoned the race."

The departure of Martin is another blow to Roglič, who has now lost his valued road captain and workhorse with one key stage still remaining on day 20.

Roglič has already lost his key mountain domestique and potential GC rider Steven Kruijswijk who left the race in the first week after he was unable to recover from a crash in the stage one team time trial.

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The crash on stage 18, from Ávila to Toledo, split the bunch with Movistar making it through unscathed and hitting the front to set a high pace.

Roglič was able to remount and was part of a large chasing group, as López also jumped back on and was paced back up to the Roglič group by his team-mates.

Controversially, Movistar continued driving at the front of the peloton and pulled out a minute advantage as Roglič was left isolated and forced to help try and close the gap between the two halves of the bunch.

Alejandro Valverde and his Spanish team than set up in the front group and allowed the Roglič group to re-join, with riders admonishing with the world champion for allowing his team to take advantage of the crash.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.