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Tour de France leader breaks collarbone in dramatic crash 900m from finish line

There was a first stage victory for Zdenek Stybar as a late mistake thwarted yellow jersey holder Tony Martin.

France Cycling Tour de France Martin, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides along the English Channel on France's Normandy west coast during the sixth stage today. Source: Laurent Cipriani

A CRASH INSIDE the final kilometre denied general classification leader Tony Martin a second stage win at this year’s Tour de France as Zdenek Stybar crossed the line first.

Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) looked well set to continue his impressive Tour in style after the breakaway trio of Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) eventually fell by the wayside.

However, Martin was at the centre of a crash 800 metres from the line and needed to be escorted away after the race and it as confirmed he has broken his collarbone.

Teklehaimanot ended the day King of the Mountains – the man from Eritrea becoming the first from Africa to do so on the Tour.

Source: Mangues Football/YouTube

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