Tour de France: Orica-GreenEDGE fined after bus causes chaos on stage one in Bastia

Last Updated: 30/06/13 3:55pm

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Confusion abounded after the Orica-GreenEdge bus was trapped

Confusion abounded after the Orica-GreenEdge bus was trapped

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The Orica-GreenEDGE team have been fined £1,400 after their bus blocked the finish line during the opening stage of the Tour de France, leading to chaotic scenes.

The team bus became stuck under a gantry at the line in Bastia and organisers decided to bring the finish forward by three kilometres.

The move caused confusion in the peloton and led to a nasty crash six kilometres from the end of the stage, in which around 25 riders came down.

The bus was eventually moved, in time for the race to finish at the pre-planned spot after all, but Orica-GreenEdge have been punished nonetheless.

Organisers blamed Orica-GreenEdge for "not respecting the timetable put in place for auxiliary team vehicles arriving at the stage finish."

Omega Pharma-Quick-Step rider Tony Martin appeared to be the first man to go down in the crash and suffered injuries which may put him out of the race.

The team released a statement on Saturday evening which read: "Tony finished the race but, after the finish, he was transported to the General Hospital of Bastia, where he passed a few examinations. The CT scan excluded fractures.

"However, he has a concussion and a contusion on his left lung. He also has soft tissue damages on his hip, chest, left knee and shoulder, and also on his back.

"Furthermore, he has a very deep wound 5cm wide on his left elbow that reaches his muscles, which causes a lot of pain and a problem moving his arm.

"Tony will join the rest of the team tonight after today's examinations. Any decision on his participation in the second stage of the Tour de France will be taken after considering how the clinical situation evolves during the night."

Team Sky's Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas were also caught up in incidents and Thomas was taken to hospital for X-rays, but the team later announced that the duo are OK to continue.

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