Friday 24 November 2017

Tour de France: Wrist injury forces Martin to quit Tour

World time-trial champion Tony Martin has withdrawn from the remainder of the Tour de France.

The German, who has been riding with a cast protecting a fractured wrist sustained early in the Tour, will return home to rest ahead of the Olympic Games.

"It's difficult for me to step out of the Tour and leave my team-mates here to keep on fighting," he said. "But it's the right thing and I know that even the guys will understand. I don't want things to get even worse going into the mountains.

"I cannot imagine sitting in the back of the peloton suffering every day a little bit more as I did during this week. I really tried, I put a lot of energy together with the team to arrive until today, but now it's time to think about my recovery."

Meanwhile, the Cofidis team have suspended Remy di Gregorio after the French rider was reportedly taken in by police for questioning over alleged doping offences.

Di Gregorio has been taken to Marseille to help the police with their enquiries, according to reports.

Irish Independent

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