• Chris Froome will start Stage 7 of the Tour de France in Team Sky black (Sirotti)Source: Sirotti
Chris Froome has said he will not toe the start line of the seventh stage of the Tour de France in yellow despite having the option.
Cycling Central

10 Jul 2015 - 7:05 PM  UPDATED 10 Jul 2015 - 7:12 PM

Froome's (Sky) predicament came when Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) was forced to abandon after crashing on Thursday and breaking his collarbone.

Tour rules stipulate that Froome, who was in second place on the general classification, had the choice of not wearing the jersey out of respect to the stricken Martin, one he decided to exercise.

The seventh stage is another to suit the sprinters and should Froome finish safely as predicted he will be awarded the jersey at the post stage presentations.

Martin was the second yellow jersey wearer to crash out of the race following Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) on Monday.

Cancellara's crash, in which he broke two vertebrae in his back, allowed Froome to take the jersey by finishing second on Monday's stage.

But he lost it to Martin the very next day after the German won that stage.

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