Tour de France 2017: Dan Martin rode 12 stages with a broken back… still finished sixth overall
Irish cyclist Dan Martin has revealed that he fractured two vertebrae in his crash on Stage 9 of the 2017 Tour de France.
But Martin rode on for the remainder of the three-week stage race and finished a remarkable sixth overall, despite being barely able to walk.
The result was Martin’s best at a Grand Tour and the best by any Irish cyclist in 30 years, but a hospital scan has revealed that extent of the damage done.
“Diagnosis of two small fractures took me by surprise,” Martin said in a social media post.
“Shows how powerful the mind is in pushing through. No wonder I couldn't stand up straight!”
The injuries have forced the rider to withdraw from this weekend’s race in San Sebastian and will keep Martin out of action for a minimum of three weeks.