2015 Tour Stage 6 highlights: Stybar steals a march as Martin breaks collarbone
Tony Martin crashed in a frantic finale to stage six of the Tour de France in Le Havre on Thursday before the overall race leader rolled over the line. It was later confirmed that he had broken his collarbone and is now likely to abandon the Tour.
Zdenek Stybar, Martin's Etixx-QuickStep team-mate, avoided the chaos to win the 191.5-kilometres route from Abbeville.
But Martin required the support of three team-mates to remount his bike and cross the line in the yellow jersey, while cradling his left arm after landing on his shoulder.
Replays suggested Martin caused the crash 900m out which also saw defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) tumble to the Tarmac, with the peloton fracturing behind.
It was another bittersweet day for Etixx-QuickStep. Mark Cavendish, the Belgian squad's leader, was on Wednesday beaten in a sprint finish he had been expected to win.
Cavendish could have another chance in Friday's 190.5km stage from Livarot to Fougeres as he chases a 26th Tour stage success and first in nearly two years.
The absence of Martin would be a big blow for the Manxman, though.
Team Sky's Chris Froome has now inherited the race lead.
The Briton was 12 seconds behind Martin as the top of the general classification remained unchanged - with the crash inside the final three kilometres of the stage seeing all riders awarded the same time.
The day's three-man break included Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN Qhubeka), France's Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) and Kenneth van Bilsen (Cofidis) of Belgium.
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) attempted to counter attack after the intermediate sprint, but soon was back in the peloton.
Teklehaimanot then claimed the point at the third and final categorised climb of the day to assume the polka dot King of the Mountains jersey from Joaquim Rodriguez, who won at the Mur de Huy on Monday.
Van Bilsen attempted to accelerate away in the closing 12km as his escape companions were swallowed up by the charging peloton.
His slender advantage was being chipped away and stood at 10 seconds with 4km to go and he was caught a kilometre later.
The battle for positioning began in earnest, with John Degenkolb's Giant-Alpecin squad on the front and Martin, in the maillot jaune, behind him.
Martin's Etixx-QuickStep squad took over, with Cavendish on third wheel, but the Briton was overtaken as the sharp climb to the finish began 1.3km out.
Martin was on the left side of the road when he veered right and careered into another rider who in turn toppled Nibali. Others followed.
Stybar managed to sneak through and stole a march to win by two seconds from Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), who was second for a second successive day.
Bryan Coquard (Europcar) was third and Degenkolb fourth.