Tony Martin’s Hand injury and (slightly) Modified Shift Lever – UPDATE
Here Martin consults with team staff assessing the modifications before today's stage
An update to the preceding post (below) post, more padding, bar tape for Tony Martin’s (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) bars and shift levers after his hand fracture.
After sustaining a fractured scaphoid, Omega Pharma-Quick-Step’s Tony Martin will wear a plastic cast on his left hand for the second stage of the Tour into Tournai. The German was looking for any additional comfort, and despite the ergonomics of the SRAM RED-2012 shift levers, mechanics were looking for ways to buffer his hand from the punishment of today’s 200km stage.
Padded strips were added before the bar tape went on Martin's handlebars
More bartape was added to the bar and short lever per the German's request
Martin's lever has been customized for his hand fracture, bigger and padded to comfort the fracture and support the brace he wears
Glue, bartape, and ingenuity might be the trick to helping Martin get his fractured hand to Paris
Mechanics apply a strip of bar tape to Tony Martin's left shift lever to help alleviate the bumps of the Tour's second stage - Martin fractured his hand but has asked to continue to race
Bartape applied to Tony Martin's SRAM RED-2012 shift lever to help cushion his fractured hand