Injured World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin, who fractured his left scaphoid in a Stage 1 crash at the Tour, survived another Tour stage on Thursday. Martin has spent time in the back of the peloton with another injuried Tour rider, Luis Leon Sanchez of Rabobank. Sanchez also injured his hand.
"We are always together in the back of the peloton, where there is room for discussion" Martin said. "It is true, even if we suffer, we talk a little bit together. We talk about the race, the weather, the conditions of the road. It's funny because each day, we give each other our medical reports. I will explain to him my condition, and he will tell me his condition. We are always kind of updated about our injuries. It's funny in these kind of conditions, while you are suffering, you can sometimes find some good guys to share your thoughts with."