Uran takes Tour stage honours as Porte crashes

Uran takes Tour stage honours as Porte crashes

Britain's Geraint Thomas has been forced to abandon the Tour de France after crashing on stage nine.

One of the pre-race favourites, Porte came off his bike on the descent of Mont du Chat and was immediately treated on the side of the road before being carried into an ambulance on a stretcher. "Based on Richie's recovery, we will re-evaluate his program for the rest of the season in consultation with BMC Racing Team management".

Thomas began the day second in the general classification, 12 seconds behind his Team Sky teammate Chris Froome, and his exit will come as a major blow for the three-time Tour victor.

The other general classification contenders followed the Italian, but seemingly in order to remonstrate with him and tell him to wait.

"I was looking at him, he was in pain", Porte's sports director Fabio Baldato said. "I want to thank the other riders, who did not attack". At the time I was too busy looking for my team auto to get a spare bike.

He also went down in the second, fourth and eighth stages.

"I just had a bit of a wobble on a switchback", he said.

Uran takes Tour stage honours as Porte crashes
Uran takes Tour stage honours as Porte crashes

Quick-Step Floors rider Martin got back on his bike after he took a new wheel from a neutral support vehicle.

However, organisers said he was conscious and speaking but was being taken to hospital.

Three-times podium finisher Nairo Quintana of Colombia also struggled, losing 1:15 to Froome and his group.

With four bonus seconds on the line for third place, Froome extended his lead over Aru to 18 seconds.

The last descent of the day with seven climbs saw a terrifying high-speed crash involving Richie Porte, who had been fifth overall but is now out of the race.

"Where I crashed, I don't think it was [too dangerous]".

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