Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Rigoberto Uran wins brutal ninth stage of Tour de France

Rigoberto Uran wins brutal ninth stage of Tour de France Rigoberto Uran wins brutal ninth stage of Tour de France
Elias Hubbard | 10 July, 2017, 00:56

Briton Froome of Team Sky retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Pre-race favourite Richie Porte of Australia has suffered a heavy crash in a descent during the ninth stage of the Tour de France.

Thomas suffered a broken collarbone in a crash on the damp descent of the Col de la Biche, the first hors categorie climb of the day, while there was clear concern for Porte after a frightening high-speed crash on the way down the Mont du Chat. He careened across the road and clattered into Ireland's Dan Martin, bringing the two crashing into the rocky side of the road in the final 25 kilometers of the 181.5-kilometer stage from Nantua to Chambery.

Speaking while warming down after the stage, the Irishman said described the moment Porte crashed in front of him.

"He was always conscious".

"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.

Stage honours were decided by a rare sprint finish between general classification contenders, with AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet fourth and Fabio Aru of Astana fifth. "Richie will be taken to hospital for examination", said Porte's BMC team on Twitter.

Porte was in a group of seven riders, including race leader Chris Froome, who were descending from the last of seven climbs on Sunday. "Job done!" Like Quintana he came home 1min 15sec behind Uran and now sits sixth at 1:44, with Quintana remaining eighth but now out to 2:13 behind Froome.

It was the fourth time already in just over a week that Thomas had crashed during this Tour.

Monday is a rest day and the fight for the overall title is set to resume next Thursday with the first big Pyrenean stage. I've just seen the images of Richie Porte's crash and that leaves you with a terrible feeling.

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