Porte crashes spectacularly out of Tour de France

Jonathan Hernandez
July 10, 2017

Rigoberto Uran won a chaotic, incident-strewn stage nine of the Tour de France that saw Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte crash out while Chris Froome came home third and extended his lead in the yellow jersey. He careered across the road and clattered into Ireland's Dan Martin, bringing the two crashing.

Uran took victory in a photo finish ahead of Warren Barguil, one final twist of drama on a day that will live long in Tour history.

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

This was not the only bad crash on the ninth stage after Briton Geraint Thomas fractured his collarbone, forcing him to quit the Tour. He lay motionless on the road for some time being attended to by medics before being taken to hospital, although organisers said he was conscious and speaking.

"He had a bit more fear than pain but for the moment it's reassuring as he was conscious and that's the most important thing", said Florence Pommerie, one of the Tour doctors.

"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.

While Porte's team, BMC Racing, revealed their rider would be taken to hospital following the crash.

Second-placed Thomas, a key figure in Froome's quest for a fourth title, exited the race when he suffered a suspected broken collar bone in a crash halfway through the stage.

Thomas started Sunday's epic stage second overall, but that changed in an instant. "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.

"Horrible scenes on the descent as Porte and Martin crash hard".

Italian Fabio Aru replaced Thomas in second place going into Monday's first rest day.

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