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Froome declines yellow jersey in stage 7

Chris Froome won't wear the jersey as a courtesy to Tony Martin who crashed out on Thursday.

Great Britains Christopher Froome (left) rides behind Great Britains Ian Stannard during the 190.5 km seventh stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on 10 July 2015, between Livarot and Fougeres, northwestern France. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Chris Froome has confirmed that he won't be wearing the yellow jersey at the end of stage seven, despite being the current general classification leader.

Race leader in stage six, Tony Martin of Etixx-Quick Step, crashed out of the Tour de France yesterday, breaking his collarbone forcing a change on the general classification standings.

Martin was involved in a big crash with 800m to go in Thursday's stage and suffered injuries that forced him to pull out of the race, abandoning the yellow jersey in the process.

The German rider had a 12-second lead over Team Sky's Chris Froome, who has now taken the top spot overall in Martin's absence. However, the 2013 winner confirmed that he will not be wearing the 'maillot jaune' at the end of stage seven out of respect for Martin.

Froome is not obliged to take over the jersey with Martin's withdrawal and speaking to letour.com he said: "Out of respect for Tony I would never have worn it in any case. That's not the way to get the yellow jersey due to someone else's misfortunes but Tony finished yesterday."

In the revised classifications, Froome holds a 13-second lead over BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen, while at the end of stage seven, Team MTN Qhubeka's Daniel Teklehaimanot, who took the King of the Mountain jersey in stage six, will keep the jersey for another stage after making it atop Cote de Canapville first.

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