Richie Porte suffers horrific crash

10 July, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Long ride Porte signed to Christie-Johnson's Australian domestic cycling team in 2008

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

Thomas, known for his hardness, pushed on until down until he reached the valley, but he knew something was "bad" and it was confirmed by the team and race doctor.

When the dust settled, Froome's lead in yellow increased from 12 seconds to 18 - now over Astana's Aru rather than his Sky team-mate Thomas - after he finished third in a six-man sprint to take the final bonus seconds. "He was asking for his helmet, his glasses".

BMC sports director Fabio Baldpate said Porte had remained conscious throughout.

And yet the Tour had started so well for the 31-year-old Briton, who won the opening stage time-trial, his first ever Tour stage victory, and held the yellow jersey for four days before giving it up to Froome on Wednesday's fifth stage.

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


Martin crashed in to the back of Richie Porte after the Australian went off the road into a wall of rocks on the final descent to the stage finish at Chambery.

"I managed to catch the group in front of me after I crashed the second time - I was flying down the mountain", he said with a smile.

Martin lost more than a minute, as did Movistar's Nairo Quintana, three times a runner-up in the race, while former victor Alberto Contador of Trek Segafredo seems to be out of contention after losing over four minutes.

Quick-Step Floors rider Martin got back on his bike after he took a new wheel from a neutral support vehicle. It was a big occasion for me after so many things happened today like the crash of Richie Porte.

Bardet looked destined to pick up a stage win at the home of his Ag2R-La Mondiale team's headquarters, but it was not to be.

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