Martin cleared to start Tour de France second stage

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Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Tony Martin (R) in action during the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France (AAP)

Two-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin has been given the all-clear to start the second stage of the Tour de France despite suffering a nasty fall in Saturday's opener, his team said.

The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team confirmed via Twitter that Martin, 28, would ride the 156 kilometres stage across Corsica from Bastia to Ajaccio after hospital examinations on Saturday night revealed that he did not suffer any fractures.

There were reports that Martin fainted twice before being put on a stretcher and taken to hospital amid fears that he had broken his collarbone or shoulder.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep confirmed that he was suffering from concussion, a contusion on his left lung, widespread bruising, and a deep cut on his left elbow, but that has not stopped the German from carrying on in what is the 100th edition of the sport's greatest race.

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SBS will broadcast all stages of the Tour de France live.

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