Dan Martin: Tour de France Roubaix stage was 'an experience'

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) went into the Tour de France Roubaix stage 9 hoping to enjoy the cobbles after a heavy crash the day before, but admitted afterwards that 'enjoy' probably wasn't the right word. "Wow, what an experience," Martin told the press afterwards, summing up his day on the cobbles. Martin crashed together with Katusha-Alpecin's Tony Martin on the eighth stage, and while his German namesake abandoned with a fractured vertebra, the Irishman survived to fight another day, though with his back 'ripped to pieces'. "My back is a different story," he said of his injuries. "It looks like a bit of a pizza back there." Martin, like many of the other overall contenders, was fighting hard for position at the start of the race. The jostling resulted in an early crash that eliminated fellow GC contender Richie Porte (BMC Racing), as well as Movistar's Jose Joaquin Rojas. ...

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