Tour de France leader Tony Martin was forced to retire from race after sustaining a broken collarbone in a crash. Photograph: EP.

The opening week of the Tour de France may have been largely flat, but it’s been a real rollercoaster ride for some. Nowhere is this more clear tha(...)

Germany’s Tony Martin is supported by his Etixx-Quick Step team-mates as he limps towards the finish line in Le Harve yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters.

Tony Martin was forced to pull out of the Tour de France last night after crashing in bizarre circumstances just inside the closing kilometre of stage(...)

 Tony Martin   lies on the road after crashing on  the final climb during  the sixth stage of the Tour de France Abbeville and Le Havre. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/EPA

Tony Martin has pulled out of the Tour de France after the yellow jersey crashed in bizarre circumstances just inside the closing kilometre of stage s(...)

The peloton hits the cobbles on stage four of the Tour, a 223km stage between Seraing and Cambrai. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Monday, stage 3: Anvers to Huy (4th at 5 seconds): Fourth on a stage of the Tour de France; I’d hoped to be there for the win, sprinting it out for vi(...)

Etixx Quick Step team rider Tony Martin of Germany celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 4th stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France 2015 cycling race over 223.5km between Seraing, Belgium and Cambrai, France. Photo: Yoan Valat/PA

After three near misses in as many days, Tony Martin was finally zipped into the yellow jersey for the first time in his career following a determined(...)

Etixx-Quick Step rider Tony Martin of Germany celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 223.5-km (138.9 miles) 4th stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race from Seraing in Belgium, to Cambrai, France. Photo: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Tony Martin belatedly claimed the Tour de France leader’s yellow jersey for the first time on Tuesday with victory on stage four to Cambrai. Meanwhile(...)

Fabian Cancellara has pulled out of the Tour de France after fracturing vertebrae during a crash in stage three. Photograph: Reuters

Fabian Cancellara has withdrawn from the Tour de France after fracturing two vertebrae in the horrific crash that interrupted Monday’s stage three fro(...)

Trek Factory rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland receives assistance after a fall during the 159,5km third stage of the Tour de France from Anvers to Huy, Belgium. Photograph: Reuters

Chris Froome lost out on the win but took the overall lead on a stage interrupted by a horrible crash that could have been a lot worse. Looking home (...)

Scores of riders lie on the road after crashing during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 159.5 kilometers (99.1 miles) with start in Antwerp and finish in Huy, Belgium. Photo: Christophe Ena/AP

Chris Froome showed his strength — and took the race leader’s yellow jersey — with second place on a stage three of the Tour de France marred by a hig(...)

Germany’s Andre Greipel (right) sprints to win ahead of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan  at the end of the 166km second stage  of the Tour de France  between Utrecht and Neeltje Jans island in the Dutch city of Vrouwenpolder in Zeeland province. Photograph:  Alix Guigon/AFP/Getty Images

On a stage decided largely by inclement weather, it seemed weirdly appropriate that the main beneficiaries should be Sky. Chris Froome could barely co(...)