Bloodied TDF rider stretchered off after crash

German rider Tony Martin was stretchered off the Tour de France course after crashing out of the race on Wednesday.

The former time-trial world champion from the Jumbo-Visma team fell early in Stage 11, which features a double ascent of the iconic Mont Ventoux in southeastern France.

Martin tumbled into a ditch littered with beer bottles along the road and got to his feet with his right leg and arm very bloodied.

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He looked groggy as he was tended to by the race medical team before he was stretchered off into an ambulance.

The 36-year-old Martin had crashed in the Tour's opening stage after a careless spectator brandished a large cardboard sign while leaning into his path.

It was the sixth time in 13 appearances that Martin abandoned the race, according to Tour de France organisers.

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Jumbo-Visma team leader Primoz Roglic, who was runner-up last year, retired from the race last week. Roglic had crashed badly during the third stage in the western Brittany region and did not recover.

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