Tony Martin fractures cheekbone in training incident

Tony Martin, Paris-Nice 2012, stage one

German time trial world champion Tony Martin has fractured his cheekbone after a training accident on Wednesday, according to his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.

A car was involved in the incident near his home in Switzerland, which resulted in Martin losing consciousness. He was taken to hospital in Munsterlingen where X-rays revealed fractures to his cheekbone and jaw. The injury may require surgery.

Martin, 26, switched to the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team for 2012 after the demise of his former squad, HTC-Highroad. Last year he won stages of the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Criterium du Dauphine, as well as overall wins in Paris-Nice, Volta ao Algarve and Tour of Beijing alongside his world time trial title.

Martin had been scheduled to take part in the 2012 Tour de Romandie over April 24-29, but his participation in the race has now been placed in serious doubt.

Martin's American team-mate Levi Leipheimer is also currently sidelined after being hit by a car. Leipheimer suffered a leg fracture as a result of the collision on April 1 in Bilbao, Spain.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.