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German cleared by doctors to start stage
The World time trial champion crashed heavily towards the end of Saturday’s stage and was taken to hospital after crossing the line. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and contusion on his left lung. There was also tissue damage on his hip, left knee, shoulder and back.
Despite the string of injuries a team spokesperson told Cyclingnews that Martin would start and that the rider had been cleared by the team’s medical staff.
“He will start,” said the spokesperson.
“This morning he’s smiling. I won't say he's relaxed because of what he went through, but he has been able to eat and last night he was able to sleep. It’s hard to say if he can finish the stage today but the most important thing is to try. He’s put a lot of energy into this race. If he doesn’t feel good he’ll stop."
Cyclingnews then asked about Martin’s concussion, which could have left the rider unable to start.
“The health of our riders is the most important thing. The team doctor said he can start though.”