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Tony Martin shows off gruesome Tour de France wounds

Jul 6, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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2012 Olympic silver medalist Tony Martin rides on with a little less skin in the Tour de France after being briefly knocked unconscious after a crash seven days ago.

A picture was posted of the German, runner-up to Bradley Wiggins in the London time trial, and went viral overnight Friday to Saturday. He suffered a bruised lung, among other injuries, on that opening stage crash on June 29.

Leading German sports newspaper Bild ran the photo (WARNING: Graphic) with a headline translated to, “The wounds Tony travels the Tour with.”

Martin needs two helpers to get his jersey off after each stage and can’t sleep on his back, according to Bild.

Martin is likely soldiering on with his eye on the individual time trial on Wednesday, especially because three of the world’s best time trial riders won’t be competing.

2012 Olympic champ Wiggins skipped the Tour due to injury, 2008 Olympic champ Fabian Cancellara is out to focus on September’s world championships, and the reigning world silver medalist, American Taylor Phinney, was not selected for BMC’s Tour de France roster.

Martin is the two-time reigning world time trial champion.

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  1. steelerhypocrite - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Seriously, anyone that still cares about grown men riding their bikes, are complete losers with no real athletic ability. “Livestrong” – aka ‘You’ve been doped’.

  2. Manhuel - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Reblogged this on In Search Of Refuge.

  3. hjworton46 - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Hello Steelerhypocrite. Sorry that you’re still sore about Lance and all that – he let everyone down. Cycling does more drug testing than any other sport so maybe you can appreciate the efforts these sportsmen put themselves through after all. It is the toughest sporting event in the world, bar none.

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