German time trial world champion Tony Martin has fractured his cheekbone after a training accident on Wednesday, according to his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.

A car was involved in the incident near his home in Switzerland, which resulted in Martin losing consciousness. He was taken to hospital in Munsterlingen where X-rays revealed fractures to his cheekbone and jaw. The injury may require surgery.

Martin, 26, switched to the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team for 2012 after the demise of his former squad, HTC-Highroad. Last year he won stages of the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Criterium du Dauphine, as well as overall wins in Paris-Nice, Volta ao Algarve and Tour of Beijing alongside his world time trial title.

Martin had been scheduled to take part in the 2012 Tour de Romandie over April 24-29, but his participation in the race has now been placed in serious doubt.

Martin’s American team-mate Levi Leipheimer is also currently sidelined after being hit by a car. Leipheimer suffered a leg fracture as a result of the collision on April 1 in Bilbao, Spain.

  • Noel o’ Connell

    I think the pros are suffering to a greater extent from what from my experience seems the cause of most crashes, I.e. Motorists who haven’t cycled since they were young teenagers underestimating how fast cyclists are going and thinking they have time to overtake you and immediately cut across you to take a left turn

  • R Hale

    Sounds really nasty.

    Hard to say not knowing what happened.. Solutions are thin on the ground, save harsher punishments, and enforcing lower speed limits.

  • AndyC

    Yet another motorist taking out a cyclist, pro cyclist weaving in the road…I think not. Is there a solution to this problem. Does anybody have any ideas???

  • Ken Evans

    “…..which resulted in Martin losing consciousness.”

    Sounds nasty !