Dan Martin. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Pictures)
Ireland’s Dan Martin pulled out of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday after the Israel Originate-Up nation crew chief fell and fractured a bone in his lower lend a hand.
The accident on Thursday has left the 33-one year-extinct total classification contender in a scramble in opposition to time to be fit for the Tour de France’s delayed originate in precisely two weeks’ time.
“I’m optimistic I’m able to serene scramble the Tour de France,” mentioned Martin, who has a sacral fracture, which is the bone between the lend a hand and the tailbone.
“It is miles a shame as I felt I modified into in large shape but I’m a rapidly healer and I in actuality hold reason to remain optimistic,” added the double Tour de France stage winner and candidate for the discontinue 10.
“I perform not hold a scratch on me of route, but I landed plump power on the bottom of my lend a hand. Sadly we hold a small fracture down there in my sacrum.”
Martin’s loss for the Tour de France would be a fundamental blow for the valorous Israel Originate-Up Nation crew, who hold signed Chris Froome for next season.
The five-day scramble thru the Alps modified into hit by a freak hailstorm on Thursday that battered portion of the peloton with broad-sized hailstones.
Slovenian historical ski-jumper Primoz Roglic leads the scramble, which tackles one amongst French cycling’s seminal challenges on Friday within the score of the Col de la Madelaine with its lunar landscape greater reaches.