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Injury concerns for Omega Pharma Quickstep
Jul 2nd, 12. UPDATE Two Omega Pharma Quickstep riders were taken to hospital for check-ups after their crashes in Stage 1 of the Tour de France - Tony Martin and Jerome Pineau.
Omega Pharma QuickStep Cycling have tonght announced that Tony Martin will take the start this morning.
"The World Time Trial Champion is suffering from a fracture on the scaphoid of his left hand, but, he will try to get on his bike this morning wearing a plastic cast that won't bother him when handling his bike, which includes shifting, breaking and steering. The decision was taken tonight after team doctor Helge Riepenhof discussed the situation with the rest of the team medical staff and with Doctor Rudolf, Head of the hand surgery department BG hospital in Hamburg," the announcement read.
"We will take it step by step, kilometre by kilometre," Martin said. "The first objective is to try and arrive to the next time trial on next Monday. I know it won't be easy, it will be painful, but I really want to try. The Tour de France is really important for me and I don't want to give up without trying."
Jerome Pineau will also take the start this morning. The X-ray excluded any kind of fracture
"I have pain on my right shoulder and my arm," Pineau said. "It won't be easy to ride my bike, but I am confident this morning it is already better than last night."
Martin hit the roadside after just 11km when he was unable to avoid a rider in front who had crashed. He fell heavily on his left side.
The German visited the race doctor a few times during the 198 stage. After crossing the finish line he was taken to hospital for further examination.
Martin has had a rough start to this Tour de France, yesterday the World Time Time Champion was unable to contest the prologue win after suffering a puncture.
Later in the race, Martin's teammate Jerome Pineau was hit by a spectator on his right shoulder 25km from the finish. He was unable to move his arm at the finish line. He also went to the hospital for further examination.
More bad luck for Omega Pharma Quickstep
More bad luck hit the team in the finale - their GC hope Levi Leipheimer lost 17sec to his rivals after starting the climb in a less than optimal position and Peter Velits lost time (1m52s) due to a flat tyre with 11km to go.
"I passed a lot of riders on the climb, but it was impossible to catch the first part of the group. In any case, the legs are good and my priority in this first part of the Tour is to stay safe and out of trouble," Leipheimer said.
"There's nothing you can do against bad luck — you just turn the page immediately and think about the next stages," said Velits.
Chavanel raced aggressively and kept his 3rd place on GC
One teammate who had a good day today was Sylvain Chavanel. He was the first to open up the attacks on the 2.4km climb to the finish line in Seraing.
"I tried to attack in the steepest part of the climb," said Chavanel who rode to 3rd in yesterday's prologue. "I knew that it was more or less impossible to wait for the end for the sprint. Guys like Boasson Hagen and Sagan are better than me in a finish like that. So I tried to attack a bit early.
"When Cancellara jumped on my wheel and attacked, I thought maybe someone else could take the wheel of Cancellara. So I stopped a little bit, but when I started again the race was away. Two guys away, Boasson Hagen was chasing at that time. So I decided to stay in the peloton through the end.
"I arrived near the front, but it was impossible to make the sprint. At the end I am happy because I was 12th. I did my race. I have no regrets about the stage today, it was not my stage. My condition is good and I will try again."
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