Martin drops out of Tour de France



VILLIE-MORGON, France (AP) — Time trial world champion Tony Martin has dropped out of the Tour de France to focus on his recovery ahead of the London Olympics.

Martin broke the scaphoid bone of his left hand during the first stage on July 1. He stayed in the race, aiming for a possible win in the first long time trial.

But the powerful German finished 12th in Monday’s 25.8 mile time trial to Besancon after a flat tire.

Omega Pharma Quick Step doctor Helge Riepenhof said Martin had to withdraw from the Tour to maximize his chances of performing well in London.