The German and almost all of his Jumbo-Visma team fell into the incident, which delayed much of the field and forced Jash Sütterlin (DSM) to abandon the race.“I saw the lady, I saw the sign but at the last moment she turned the sign into the road, so for me, I didn’t have time to react,” said Martin. “The move was quite unexpected. I still don’t understand how people can do things like this. We are here to race our bikes; it is not a circus.
Tour organizer ASO on Saturday night announced plans to prosecute the unidentified bystander who caused the crash. “We are doing this so that the tiny minority of people who do this does not ruin the show for everyone,” deputy race director Pierre-Yves Thouault told AFP.
Martin and his Jumbo-Visma team were all able to start Stage 2 on Sunday morning, and the German has confirmed that he did not suffer a serious injury in the incident.
“I actually don’t feel too bad. The night went well. I have no pain now on the bike. So I have to see from day to day but I hope I can recover, ”he said.
“The mechanics have had a long night. There were a lot of bikes that were completely broken. The doctors also had a lot of things to do and the following days with changing the bandages. It’s not a good start to Tour de France but we get used to it.
Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic completed the opening stage on a teammate’s bike, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing third place behind Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and get a bonus of 4 seconds on the way.
Roglic was able to count on Wout van Aert’s support in the elite top group on the final climb, although Steven Kruijswijk – third overall in the 2019 Tour – conceded 1:49 after being caught in another crash during the 2019 Tour. of the final.