Dan Martin reveals injuries suffered during this year's Tour de France
Dan Martin secured his best ever General Classification finish at this year's 2017 Tour de France after finishing sixth. However he managed this feat having fractured two vertebrae in his back.
During stage nine the 30-year-old, recovered from a crash involving Richie Porte descending down the Mont Du Chat to ultimately finish 4’42” behind Chris Froome (Team Sky) overall.
Despite finishing the Tour the Irishman is absent for the Clasica San Sebastian one-day race this weekend. Martin’s Quick-Step Floors team revealed this week that a medical examination confirmed that Martin had fractures to the L2 and L3 vertebrae in his lower back.
"During the Tour I didn't have any problems when racing, but off the bike I wasn't feeling very comfortable, so this week I did a scan and got the news." Martin told Quick-Step Floors website.
"It's a real pity I won't ride San Sebastian, because the legs were there and it's a race I like, but fortunately this injury isn't something to worry about.
In order to tackle my future goals in good condition, it's better to take a break and give the fracture time to heal.
There's nothing else I can do, just rest and then build up for the final part of the season."