Monday, 24 July, 2017

Richie Porte crashes spectacularly out of Tour de France

Richie Porte Richie Porte
Damon Campbell | 10 July, 2017, 00:55

Dan Martin crashed twice on an action-packed ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as he slipped back to sixth place on general classification. The Spanish veteran cracked on the final of seven categorised climbs and lost several minutes by the finish.

Thomas won the opening stage and wore the yellow jersey for the first four days of the Tour until Froome moved ahead of him in the GC.

Thomas had crashed on another descent, made treacherous by rain, earlier in the day, suffering a suspected broken collarbone.

While Porte quickly received medical attention on the track, Martin was able to dust himself down and continued racing.

"He had a lot of pain but we need to wait for the doctors", he said. "He was asking for his helmet and his glasses".

Sagan has since been disqualified for causing Cavendish to crash.

However, Porte's BMC sporting director Fabio Baldato insisted the team had come prepared, particularly for the Mont du Chat climb and descent. "I only found out at the finish. I guess the organisers got what they wanted", he said.

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"I want to thank the other riders, who did not attack", he added, saying he did not see Aru attacking past him as he raised his arms to ask for assistance.

Froome appeared to ride into Aru after he had caught back up, but insisted it was not a barge in retaliation for the attack. "I just don't know what Majka was doing". "It wasn't a swipe at Aru or anything like that".

"It was so slippery under the trees".

Three-times podium finisher Nairo Quintana of Colombia also struggled, losing 1:15 to Froome and his group. Bardet is now third at 51sec with Uran, who took the winner's 10sec bonus, fourth at 55sec. He is now eighth overall, a massive 2:13 off the pace.

"I can't really think about that at the moment", Thomas said.

"Majka just came down right in front of me, and there was nowhere to go", Thomas told VeloNews. It was stage nine as well.

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