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Omega Pharma-Quick Step says world TT champ knocked unconscious in collision with car

Omega Pharma-Quick Step has revelaled that its rider Tony Martin may require surgery on a fractured cheekbone he sustained on a training ride near his home in Switzerland yesterday when he collided with a car. The unfortunate German rider is the fourth professional cyclist to be injured in an incident with a car so far this month.

In a statement, the Belgian team said: “According to preliminary reports, Tony hit a car with his bike and lost consciousness after impact.

“He was immediately transported to the local hospital in Munsterlingen, (SUI). Tony was diagnosed with a fracture on his cheek bone that possibly needs surgery.

“Tony was transported by ambulance to the University Hospital in Zurich this morning. His clinical condition is stable. In agreement with the team medical staff, today Tony Martin will undergo further specific examinations that will define the treatment he will need at that point.

“Tony's clinical condition is being constantly monitored by the hospital staff and the team's medical staff,” the team added. “Tony's family is with him. Further updates will be released soon.”

The 26-year-old, who beat Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland to win the world time trial championship in Copenhagen in September, is among the favourites to take Olympic Gold in the discipline in London this August.

News of the incident comes less than a fortnight after another of Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s star riders, Levi Leipheimer, broke his leg when he was struck by a car while training in Spain ahead of the Tour of the Basque Country. That incident which occurred on April 1 happened only hours after separate incidents in which the Australian rider Shane Perkins and the Russian Ivan Kovalev were both struck by cars in separate incidents in the Australian city of Melbourne while training for last week's UCI World Track Championships.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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russyparkin [570 posts] 4 years ago
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another pro nailed by a car. what is going on recently?

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SevenHills [201 posts] 4 years ago
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My thoughts exactly russyparkin! Three in about as many weeks. I am sure that statistically this is not that unusual but i don't remember as many pros getting hit by motor vehicles as this over such a short period before.

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TheSpaniard [97 posts] 4 years ago
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If you read the police statement, it sounds like he hit the car rather than being hit by it.

Either way, not a good end result, but hopefully he'll be back on two wheels soon.

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Angelfishsolo [132 posts] 4 years ago
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As tragic as this all is it is a statistical anomaly
I am sure and not a campaign to wipe out pro riders.

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mogrim [49 posts] 4 years ago
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Notice none of them are Brits, could be Seb Coe's plan to guarantee gold for the home team???

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 4 years ago
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Plus Fab's collarbone. Marginal gains...  39

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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Pure speculation, but I did wonder if it could be a Jan Ullrich type accident (hit back of a team car while out training iirc and went through the back window).

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 4 years ago
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Right .... just got to get Cadel Evans to drive into my car as well and my Wiggo bet in looking nailed on!!

Now where does Valverde train?  19

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dino [60 posts] 4 years ago
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what ever came of that driver that hit J.A. Flecha in the Tour last year?

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Bobbys boys [76 posts] 4 years ago
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Kicked off the tour - not sure if he was charged with anything - doubt it. He reckoned JAF was softer than the that tree.

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Dr_Death [31 posts] 4 years ago
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Hmmmm. World Time trial champion, who beats Cancellara at every opportunity last year, hit by a car near his home in Switzerland, at the same time that Fabian Cancellara is at home with his family 'getting some rest'.

Coincidence I'm sure.....  3

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 4 years ago
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It's a new training craze designed to make everyone man up. You have to fall off at least once a week. If you don't, your team-mates are authorised to push you off when riding with you.

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ragtag [217 posts] 4 years ago
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"lost consciousness after impact" that is quite some bang.