rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Sports » Martin quits Tour de France to concentrate on Olympics

Martin quits Tour de France to concentrate on Olympics

July 10, 2012 13:47 IST

World time trial champion Tony Martin has quit the Tour de France in order to let a broken bone in his wrist heal in time for the London Olympics.

The German suffered the fracture in a crash on the first stage of the three-week race but rode on with a special cast before finishing 12th in Monday's ninth stage time trial.

"It's difficult for me to step out of the Tour and leave my team mates here to keep on fighting," Martin said in an Omega Pharma-Quick Step statement on Tuesday.

"But it's the right thing to do now, and I know that even the guys will understand.

"I have still three weeks before the Olympics. I know that it won't be easy, but I will do all my best to be in good shape."

The road cycling time trial at the Olympics is on August 1.

Source:
© Copyright 2013 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.