Sickening crash ends Porte's Tour hopes

Geraint Thomas is out of the Tour de France after crashing during stage nine from Nantua to Chambery on Sunday.

Irishman Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) was caught in the crash that ended Porte's race and then came down again later in the descent, losing fourth place as he slipped to sixth, one minute and 44 seconds down, 18 seconds ahead of seventh-place Simon Yates of Orica-Scott.

Porte, seen as one of the main rivals to his Sky team-mate Chris Froome, was taken to hospital, his tour over at the end of the first week.

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.

Porte was reportedly telling doctors tending to him that he was okay after the fall, and luckily could still move his body and no severe damage looked to have been done.

"I want to say thank to you Richie and thank you to the rest of the group for not taking advantage". I just don't know what Majka was doing.

Sickening crash ends Porte's Tour hopes
Sickening crash ends Porte's Tour hopes

Aru finished the stage in fifth place behind AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet. At the time I was too busy looking for my team auto to get a spare bike.

"Richie lost it on one corner - it was so slippery, I guess the organisers got what they wanted", he said.

Overall, Froome leads Aru by 18 seconds and Romain Bardet by 51 as two-times victor Alberto Contador of Spain cracked on the last climb and dropped out of contention.

Geraint Thomas was sitting in a Sky team vehicle, his shoulder wrapped in gauze, wondering if his 2017 season is cursed.

But once the result of the photo finish came in, Barguil had another reason to cry: Uran was adjudged to have won by a whisker, and instead it was the 30-year-old Colombian who was left to celebrate a first Tour stage win of his career.

  • Kyle Peterson