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Martin out of Vuelta after crash
29 Aug 2015 23:11
Ireland's Dan Martin is out of the Vuelta a Espana after a crash saw him taken to hospital on stage eight, which was eventually won by Jasper Stuyven of Belgium.
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Martin had been sitting in third place overall, but abandoned the race after he was involved in a big pile-up with some 50km left, along with many other riders including American Tejay van Garderen.
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"We can confirm that Dan Martin has withdrawn from La Vuelta following a crash. Has been taken to the hospital," Martin's Cannondale-Garmin said on Twitter.
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More than two dozen riders were involved in the crash as the peloton moved into the outskirts of Murcia.
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Leading French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni also hit the deck and pulled out, his Cofidis team said.
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Belgian Kris Boeckmans, who was also involved in the crash, was taken to hospital but was conscious, his Lotto-Soudal team said.
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But Stuyven capitalised on the chaos to claim the biggest victory of his career for Trek Factory Racing.
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Spain's Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural) took second place ahead of Frenchman Kevin Reza (FDJ) in a sprint finish after 182.5 km between Puebla de Don Fabrique and Murcia.
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Colombian Esteban Chaves of Orica-GreenEDGE retained the overall leader's red jersey, fighting his way back into the main pack after being caught on the wrong end of a split following the big pile-up.
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Pre-race favourite Chris Froome of Britain finished with the top guns, despite being briefly dropped during a descent, the day after losing half a minute to his main rivals.
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