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World time trial champion Tony Martin left a Zurich hospital Friday. Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was originally thought to have only suffered a cheekbone fracture in a training crash on Wednesday, but additional examinations revealed a fractured left shoulder blade and upper arm, as well as multiple facial fractures.
Martin will not undergo surgery.
“My feeling today is much better than the last two days,” Martin said in a statement from the team. “I am happy that the fractures won’t need surgery. I’m at home now. For me it’s really important. The day of the accident I was thinking, ‘Why has this happened to me?’ But now I have to say I was lucky, it could have been much worse.”
The injuries will force Martin out of racing for an unknown amount of time. The German crashed hard in an incident involving an automobile Wednesday while training near his home in Switzerland. Martin briefly lost consciousness and was transported to a local hospital in Munsterlingen before transferring to Zurich. He returned home Friday, but will undergo further examinations to determine when he can return to training.
Martin thanked the medical staff, his family and fans for support since the crash.
“I had a great medical staff around me. I would like to thank all the medical staff for their great job and the team medical staff,” he said. “My family was always with me and I felt the affection of many people close to me. My first objective now is to take all the time necessary to heal well. I thank all those who with their messages gave me a support in these difficult days. I really appreciate them.”