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Video: Tony Martin's Tour looks over as he dramatically crashes out with a broken collarbone

Matt McGeehan, Press Association Sport, Le Havre

Published 09/07/2015 | 17:10

Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin of Germany, race leader's yellow jersey, lies on the ground after a crash during the 191.5-km (118.9 miles) 6th stage of the 102nd Tour de France
Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin of Germany, race leader's yellow jersey, lies on the ground after a crash during the 191.5-km (118.9 miles) 6th stage of the 102nd Tour de France
Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin of Germany wears the race leader's yellow jersey on the podium of the 223.5-km (138.9 miles) 4th stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race from Seraing in Belgium, to Cambrai, France, July 7, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Race leader Tony Martin rolled over the line of stage six of the Tour de France nursing a shoulder injury following a crash which could have repercussions for Britons Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish.

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Froome began the day in second place overall, 12 seconds behind Martin, and could inherit the race leader's yellow jersey earlier than he would ideally choose after narrowly avoiding the crash which may have ended the German's race.

Cavendish, Martin's Etixx-QuickStep team-mate, is still seeking a 26th Tour stage win of his career, but could be without the influence of his powerful team-mate for the rest of the Tour.

It was a bittersweet day for the Belgian squad yet again as Zdenek Stybar avoided the chaos to win the 191.5-kilometres route from Abbeville to Le Havre.

Watch the crash here:

It could have been far worse for Froome, who almost catapulted off his bike when Martin clipped a wheel and tumbled 900m from the finish and then slid into a Giant-Alpecin rider and then defending champion Vincenzo Nibali.

Nibali then rocked Froome, but the 2013 winner stayed upright and safe.

Afterwards Froome boarded the team bus of Nibali's Astana team to clear the air after some confusion over what had happened.

Froome wrote on Twitter, along with a video of the incident: "Managed to get through with minor graze to the knee. Hope everyone involved, especially @tonymartin85, is okay.

"There was some confusion as to who caused the crash, wanted to clear that up with @AstanaTeam @vincenzonibali (definitely wasn't me!)".

Martin required the support of three team-mates to remount his bike and cross the line in the yellow jersey, while cradling his left arm.

Germany's Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, lies on the road with a broken collarbone
Germany's Tony Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, lies on the road with a broken collarbone

He left for hospital for X-rays almost immediately and later took to Twitter to confirm a fractured collarbone.

"Collarbone is broken. We will discuss further steps," Martin wrote on Twitter.

If Martin's race is over - as appears likely - he will be the second leader to abandon this year's race while in the maillot jaune, after Fabian Cancellara's crash on stage three.

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