Martyn Irvine tries to race on after fracturing hip at 60kmph

Posted on: May 25th, 2017

Martyn Irvine tries to race on after fracturing hip at 60kmph

Martyn Irvine in hospital after his crash while racing. He fractured his hip but shouted for a spare bike after falling at 60km per hour and carried on for a period until the pain forced him to stop.

 

Regarded as a fierce competitor, Martyn Irvine showed his steel yesterday at the Baloise Belgium Tour.

Unfortunately he has suffered a fracture to his hip/femur area.

But the manner of his trying to continue in the race showed he has lost none of the mental strength that made him world champion on the track.

A couple of weeks ago Irvine made the breakaway on the opening stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk. While he was caught, he would take the combativity award.

It was his first trip to the podium since coming back to racing with Aqua Blue Sport Pro Continental team earlier this year.

And yesterday he was at it again; sprinting clear in an early escape on the opening 178km stage from Lochristi to Knokke-Heist in Belgium.

He managed to escape in a group immediately the stage began. And while he was recaptured, team mate Stefan Denifl made the counter attack.

But soon after, with less than 30km covered, disaster would strike.

 

Martyn Irvine tries to race on after fracturing hip at 60kmph

Martyn Irvine, right, and Lasse Norman Hansen at the start of the race yesterday.

 

With the large peloton travelling at speeds of 60km per hour, traffic calming measures squeezed the group.

The movement in the peloton caused a crash and Martyn Irvine was among the fallers.

He quickly got back up and called for a spare bike. He then remounted and rode on for a short stretch until extreme pain in his leg forced him to stop.

Paramedics working on the race took him off to hospital in Gent by ambulance. An examination and X-rays confirmed a hairline fracture to his femur/hip area on his right side.

He was discharged from hospital and was last night recovering at the team hotel. He plans to travel back to Ireland today.

“I am very disappointed and I am sad to leave the race so early,” he said in a statement issued by the team.

“The doctors have said to me that I should be recovered hopefully after five or six weeks of rest.

“I just want to thank the team, the medical staff on the race, the staff of University Hospital Gent and the many people who have sent me messages.”

While his injury is a set-back, Aqua Blue Sport were in the thick of the action later in the day, as they have been so many times this year despite it being their maiden season.

Lasse Norman Hansen, a former rival of Irvine’s on the track an omnium gold medal winner at London 2012, was active off the front after the breakaway Denifl had been in was caught.

Hansen picked up 9 bonus seconds in the golden kilometre sprints with 20km remaining. And though he would be caught in the closing kilometres his bonuses proved valuable.

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) took the stage win from a sprint marred by crashes.

The Aqua Blue Sport riders all stayed upright and Hansen is 2nd overall thanks to his aggression out on the road.

Thee Dane said he would try again for time bonuses on today’s stage 2. And because he is just one second of the race lead, he was hopeful he could make a push for the yellow jersey during Friday’s TT.

With Irvine out, his team mate Conor Dunne is the only other Irish rider in the race.  He was 47th yesterday, finishing in the bunch.

And having had an excellent season to date on the attack he will look to impose himself before the race concludes on Sunday.

 

 

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