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Tour de France: crash and injury update after stage 1

Cycling News
June 29, 2013, 16:08,
June 30, 2013, 00:35
Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, June 29, 2013
Andreas Klöden (RadioShack-Leopard) shows off his crash wound

Andreas Klöden (RadioShack-Leopard) shows off his crash wound

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Tony Martin with suspected fractured collarbone

Crashes, chaos and confusion were the key words to the finale in the first stage of the Tour de France. There had been few crashes up until the end, and then a mass crash took down a number of riders and blocked many others. World time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was the most prominent victim, with a suspected fractured collarbone.

 Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was also involved in the crash, hitting the ground.

“First stage and first crash for Klodi, Tony and me. But we are all ok. Hoping that tomorrow we are more lucky!!,” tweeted Markel Irizar (RadioShack-Leopard), mentioning teammates Andreas Klöden and Tony Gallopin.

Alberto Contador also made contact with the pavement.  “Alberto went to the ground and we still don't know about his precise condition,” said directeur sportif Fabrizio Guidi.

Everything looks to be ok, Contador later tweeted, "we think I've nothing broken, now a lot of ice and rest. French asphalt is very hard!"

Sky had at least two riders involved. Geraint Thomas had to be taken to hospital, and Ian Stannard was also involved.

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) had probably the  most unusual crash, taking out an advertising banner. It was later reported, that the team doctor stitched up his elbow and he had abrasions on his shoulder and legs, but did not need to go to hospital.

Chris Froome was the earliest victim of the day,, as he apparently got too close to the curb in the neutralized section. After picking himself up again, he first got a new rear tyre and then soon a whole new bike.

iZnoGouD More than 1 year ago
Rui Costa also got hurt. Hope he is ok, i think he can do podium this year
Jux1893 More than 1 year ago
That would be great, but I really doubt it.
junkie More than 1 year ago
he should thank God Carlos Barredo was not around ;-)
Galmozzi More than 1 year ago
Epic battles are never forgotten :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
where did you see that? I can only see one from his team in the big crash, but that guy managed to stop more or less controlled..
andrew1991 More than 1 year ago
When he finished it looked like he had hurt his wrist. I am a huge Rui Costa fan, but I think that a top 10 would already be a great result for him.
cristi1 More than 1 year ago
Contador is such an unlucky cyclist. This year crashed, two years ago crashed few times also. Hope to recover until the next key stage.
sur la plaque More than 1 year ago
its called karma...
cristi1 More than 1 year ago
but it's frustrating that all this karma might destroy the battle for yellow jersey
deboat More than 1 year ago
It is not Karma!!! It is called a bike race.... That's racing!! Crazy first stage though!
sur la plaque More than 1 year ago
I completely agree... I too want to see a great battle for yellow.. and would be delighted to see a clean Bertie as part of that battle.. its just I can't agree with the statement that Contador is an 'unlucky cyclist'... sorry
JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
sur la plaque - What an idiotic statement. What bad Karma does Hoogerland have then? He crashed today too...and Frome and the others?
sur la plaque More than 1 year ago
Jackspoke.. you completely miss the point.. try and read the thread.. I took issue with bertie being labelled an unlucky cyclist.. if I need to spell it out because I think he is lucky to still be making a living from the sport.. I wouldn't wish a crash on any rider.. especially honest ones like Hoogerland.
rocket man More than 1 year ago
O'Grady Has had so many really bad crashes, are you saying a great guy like him deserves the karma too. Get a clue!!!!!
sur la plaque More than 1 year ago
rocket man - you seem to have the same reading problem as jack spoke - yes you deserve bad karma if you're a doper!! key word is... doper! O'Grady, as far as I know doesn't fall into that bracket. Get a clue.
rocket man More than 1 year ago
sur la plague, you must be new to the sport of cycling and have probably never raced yourself. No body deserves to crash in cycling. No REAL cyclist would ever wish a crash on a fellow cyclist. By your rational about 90% of pro cyclists (dopers) over the last 100 years deserve to crash. You need to learn the history of the sport before you say all dopers should crash. Anyone who's ever been in a bad crash (myself included) can tell you that you need to pull your head out of the sand.
sur la plaque More than 1 year ago
rocket man - I'm not new to the sport of cycling... but you are clearly new to art of reading. Where did I say I wanted riders to crash... in fact if you look above you'll see I've specifically said I wouldn't wish a crash on any rider.. you've taken my point and given it arms and legs numbnuts.
Pedal Pusher More than 1 year ago
It's not only Karma but bike handling skills and where and how your team places you in the pelaton. Notice where Evans was and usually is during the crazy early stages of grand tours - right up the front with at least a few trusted team mates protecting him.
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
He makes it look easy but obviously it's not.
Clayton More than 1 year ago
Lots of experience and he could see the writing on the wall!! Not one BMC rider was hurt.
RedheadDane More than 1 year ago
One of those times when you think "Phew! Only a (suspected) broken collar bone!" What with the rumours that T. Martin had lost consciousness... Really hope everybody is... okay... ish...
Nowhere More than 1 year ago
He did lost consciousness for a bit but after the race, in the team bus.
RedheadDane More than 1 year ago
Yeah... I know... :( Brian Holm said they had to carry him out of the bus... In that light the "Suspected fracture collarbone" sub-headline seems rather... odd...
HailPantani More than 1 year ago
Am I wrong, or did bloody Greipel cause that crash by muscling through a gap that wasn't there and knocking an OPQS rider off his bike?
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Your are correct...
chainstay9 More than 1 year ago
Greipel caused it. The Lotto train was moving up on the left between Shack and OPQS. Greipel attempted to squeeze between Chavanal (I think) and Bakelandts and took down the group. He stayed up but lost his derailleur. I hope Tony Martin will be OK to race
PDiddy More than 1 year ago
They should have neutralized the race at the 6k mark. I told my wife as we watched that something bad was going to happen due to the confusion. Poor decision on the part of ASO.
Lucifa More than 1 year ago
Really?! You should of called the tour organisers to let them know........
meals-on-wheels More than 1 year ago
Johnny Hoogerland - the Tour - unusual crashes?
orbeas More than 1 year ago
any idea why Jens Voight decided to tell the riders to stop racing with 20 kms to go - caused all sorts of bunching up ????
Jeff41 More than 1 year ago
He was telling one of his jokes, they all slowed up so they could hear it !
Jeff41 More than 1 year ago
Did you all see that projected finish at 3km to go, are they brain dead, that would have took out 20-30 riders with a real possibility of serious injury, they had a lucky escape getting the finished change to the original !
Hans Stiles More than 1 year ago
Completely in agreement. 100th Tour De France and yet they still act like a bunch of amateurs. The revised finish, at the 3km mark, would have been carnage.
anthonyz More than 1 year ago
I'm wondering why they didn't put it at the 1km to go banner...?
Fangtastic More than 1 year ago
I think it is due to the photo finish being in place only at the finish and at 3km, i assume as standard back-up and due to time gaps for crashes if groups are seperated. Still odd they can't have thought of about a finishing problem before.
Lucifa More than 1 year ago
They did. It's called the three km to go. Do you want them to set up another camera at six km to go lol
Blakeslee More than 1 year ago
The organizers didn't handle the situation at the finish well, but I would have to put most of the blame for the big crash on the riders. Simply another case of too many riders trying to force their way to the front on a relatively narrow road and taking too many risks. You could see on the video their were several riders completely off the road to the left attempting to move up before the crash.
Blakeslee More than 1 year ago
Just watched the video again, Greipel clearly caused the crash. He tried to force his way through too small of a gap and took down Tony Martin.
marginalgain More than 1 year ago
he saw some bananas up in front
meals-on-wheels More than 1 year ago
Bananas all right - he tweeted it was a good day for German cycling. Figure that!