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Tour de France: crash and injury update after stage 1

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

Andreas Klöden (RadioShack-Leopard) shows off his crash wound (Image credit: RadioShack-Leopard-Trek)
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Just one of the crashes that occurred in the hectic finale of the opening stage at the Tour de France

Just one of the crashes that occurred in the hectic finale of the opening stage at the Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alberto Contador models the Specialized S-Works Evade helmet

Alberto Contador models the Specialized S-Works Evade helmet (Image credit: Sam Dansie)
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) and others after a crash

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) and others after a crash (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alberto Contador (Team Saxo - Tinkoff) shows signs of having crashed.

Alberto Contador (Team Saxo - Tinkoff) shows signs of having crashed. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

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.