Dan Martin remains sixth as team receives additional boost

Tour de France: His QuickStep Floors teammate Marcel Kittel is the winner of 10th stage

Dan Martin of Ireland remains in sixth overall in Le Tour de France 2017. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Dan Martin of Ireland remains in sixth overall in Le Tour de France 2017. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

 

Dan Martin showed little signs of injuries from his crash on Sunday, shrugging off the cuts and bruises he incurred when he fell at high speed, and finishing towards the front of the main bunch on Tuesday’s 10th stage of the Tour de France.

Martin rolled across the finish line 37th and in the same time as the stage winner, his QuickStep Floors teammate Marcel Kittel. The victory was Kittel’s fourth of the race and further boosts the team’s morale. Martin has already spoken about the momentum and confidence boost each team victory gives him, and will seek to add his own stage win in the days to come.

His first cousin Nicolas Roche also finished in the main peloton and, with team leader Richie Porte out of the race after his crash on Sunday, may well have his own opportunities to chase wins in the race.

Martin remains sixth overall in the general classification, one minute and 44 seconds behind Chris Froome. He is just seven seconds off the time of the fifth-placed rider, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), and is 53 seconds off the podium.

Had he not crashed on Sunday it is likely he would be third overall. Roche is 32nd in the overall standings, having sacrificed his own ambitions for Porte earlier in the race.

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