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Tour de France 2017: Dan Martin rode 12 stages with a broken back… still finished sixth overall

Dan Martin reveals he broke his back on Stage 9, still finished sixth overall

28/07/2017 at 08:53Updated 28/07/2017 at 13:14

Irish cyclist Dan Martin has revealed that he fractured two vertebrae in his crash on Stage 9 of the 2017 Tour de France.

The Quick-Step Floors rider collided at high speed with a rock face in the incident that ruled Richie Porte out of the race.

Video - Porte's terrible crash with Martin ends his campaign

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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!”

Video - 'He looks like an old man' - shocking impact of Dan Martin's back injury

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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.

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