“I’m optimistic I can still race the Tour de France,” said Martin. “I don’t have a scratch on me really, but I landed full force on the bottom of my back. Unfortunately, [I] have a small fracture down there, in my sacrum.”
Suffering a non-dislocated sacral fracture (S3), he withdrew from the five-day stage race, hoping to recover in time to start the 2020 Tour de France on August 29.
“It’s a shame as I felt I was in great shape but I’m a fast healer and I have reason to remain optimistic,” added the two-time Tour stage winner.
Martin’s loss for the Tour de France would be a major blow for the ambitious Israel Start-Up Nation team, who have signed Chris Froome for next season.
“Dan Martin who suffers from significant pain, left the Dauphiné and went home for a period of rest during which to heal his fracture”, read a team Israel Start-Up Nation release.
Team ISN medical update regarding Dan Martin:
After a crash in the second stage of the #CriteriumduDauphine @dauphine, ISN team rider Dan Martin was diagnosed with a "non-dislocated sacral fracture (S3)." Next: pic.twitter.com/8Eo939U9jl
— Israel Start-Up Nation / Israel Cycling Academy (@YallaIsraelSUN) August 14, 2020
AFP contributed to this report.