Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step), who fractured his left collarbone in a stage 6 crash, underwent surgery early this morning in Hamburg and the team reports the surgery went well.
At the time of the crash, Martin was in the overall lead at the Tour de France and was forced to abandon the race.
I would like to thank all the people involved in my transportation to the hospital and the medical staff in Hamburg” Martin says. “They were all amazing and they allowed me to undergo surgery in such a short time after the crash. In these situations time is an important factor and we couldn’t have done better. I wish good luck to my team and to all the riders busy at the Tour.
I will follow the race on TV today from the hospital. It will be strange but that’s life and cycling. I have to try to see the glass half full and keep the good memories. I had a great first part of the Tour with a great team around me. I won a stage and wore the yellow jersey for the first time in my career. A dream came true during this Tour and now I’m already looking forward to coming back one day again and living the great emotions of this race.”
– Tony Martin
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