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Photo gallery: Riders left battered and bruised after crashes in Bastia

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Alberto Contador was one of the high profile victims of the crash at 5km to go on stage 1

Alberto Contador was one of the high profile victims of the crash at 5km to go on stage 1
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Omega Pharma Quick Step's Tony Martin was the worst injured in the huge crash at 5km, arriving with blood streaming down his leg and multiple other wounds

Omega Pharma Quick Step's Tony Martin was the worst injured in the huge crash at 5km, arriving with blood streaming down his leg and multiple other wounds
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Martin's left hip, arm and leg looked painful

Martin's left hip, arm and leg looked painful
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His team mate Gert Steegmans was also involved, and had leg wounds

His team mate Gert Steegmans was also involved, and had leg wounds
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Tony Martin's back showed the full extrent of the damage, with much of his clothing shredded by the crash

Tony Martin's back showed the full extrent of the damage, with much of his clothing shredded by the crash
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Martin's saddle was heavily damaged

Martin's saddle was heavily damaged
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His left shifter was also scuffed

His left shifter was also scuffed
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Martin's left rear quick release skewer

Martin's left rear quick release skewer
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Martin's crashed bike

Martin's crashed bike
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Tony Martin's front tubular rolled in the crash

Tony Martin's front tubular rolled in the crash
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Martin's front tyre

Martin's front tyre
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Tony Martin being moved by stretcher from the team bus to the waiting ambulance an hour after the finish

Tony Martin being moved by stretcher from the team bus to the waiting ambulance an hour after the finish
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Cannondale's Ted King began his first Tour de France suffering to the linewith damage to his left shoulder

Cannondale's Ted King began his first Tour de France suffering to the linewith damage to his left shoulder
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Thomas's back showed obvious signs of a tumble

Thomas's back showed obvious signs of a tumble
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Geraint Thomas of Sky looked uncomfortable as he crossed the finish line

Geraint Thomas of Sky looked uncomfortable as he crossed the finish line
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Looking to have taken a tumble, Contador had damage to the left shoulde, right arm and back of his jersey, plus his left hip

Looking to have taken a tumble, Contador had damage to the left shoulde, right arm and back of his jersey, plus his left hip
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Contador's right arm shows abrasions

Contador's right arm shows abrasions
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World Champion Phillipe Gilbert also came down, crossing the line with a cut knee and bent brake lever

World Champion Phillipe Gilbert also came down, crossing the line with a cut knee and bent brake lever
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BMC's Tejay van Garderen

BMC's Tejay van Garderen
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One of the favourites for the stage, Peter Sagan, was derailed by the huge crash, looking despondent as he finished with obvious to his left side

One of the favourites for the stage, Peter Sagan, was derailed by the huge crash, looking despondent as he finished with obvious to his left side
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Sagan also had ripped shorts and some damage to the back of his jersey

Sagan also had ripped shorts and some damage to the back of his jersey
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Sky's Ian Stannard looked to have come in to contact with a chain ring, and had some abrasions on his right leg in a crash with 12km to go

Sky's Ian Stannard looked to have come in to contact with a chain ring, and had some abrasions on his right leg in a crash with 12km to go
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Julien El Fares had blood running from cuts on his keft leg and damage to his left shoulder

Julien El Fares had blood running from cuts on his keft leg and damage to his left shoulder
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Vacansoleil's Jonny Hoogerland was unlucky to be involved in the earlier crash as well with damage to his left side

Vacansoleil's Jonny Hoogerland was unlucky to be involved in the earlier crash as well with damage to his left side
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Hoogerland's bike after the stage showed obvious blood marks on the top tube

Hoogerland's bike after the stage showed obvious blood marks on the top tube
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Hoogerland's Super Record EPS shifter was somewhat the worse for wear

Hoogerland's Super Record EPS shifter was somewhat the worse for wear
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Martin being placed in the ambulance

Martin being placed in the ambulance
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The official Tour de France medical bulletin listed 15 riders' injuries after Saturday's crash-filled stage but many more riders also
ended the stage battered, bruised and with frayed nerves after a chaotic finale and what Sunday's L'Equipe newspaper headlines as
"Quinze kilometres de folie".

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was perhaps the worst off,  passing out on the team bus due to his multiple injuries. Other riders
were left nursing minor wounds and perhaps cursing Le Tour and the chaos sparked by the Orica-GreenEdge bus getting tick under the finish arch and the consequential decision to change the finish point of the stage twice while the riders were just 10km from the finish.

The finish of the stage seemed like a battlefield, with riders covered  in blood, bandages and angry about what happened. Their bikes were
also damaged, giving the team mechanics plenty of work to do.

Checkout this gallery of images of Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM), Ian Stannard (Team Sky), Ted King (Cannondale). Tony Martin was taken off the team bus and to hospital in a stretcher.

It was a brutal first day at the Tour de France, with two more stages remaining on the narrow, twisty roads of Corsica.