Mon, Jul 10, 5:11pm by Head Editor
Australian title hope Richie Porte has crashed out of the Tour de France in a horrifying incident, that’s left the Tasmanian with a fractured pelvis, a broken collarbone, and several abrasions.
All in all, 12 riders have been culled from the race, following the most drama-filled day so far, in the 104th running of the great race. The crash that brought down Porte and several others – including Irishman Dan Martin – occurred on the last descent of a brutal day in the Alps, when riders were reaching speeds of over 70 kilometres per hour.
Porte lost control on a twist in the road on the Mont du Chat descent and slammed into the bitumen at 72.5km/h, where he was then hit by Martin, who was trailing him.
Martin managed to get back on his bike and finish the stage, he’s now in sixth place in the overall standings, and considered a $41 chance for victory.
The commentators immediately announced that Porte’s race was over, as he lay motionless on the road for several minutes before being fitted with a neck brace and loaded into an ambulance.
Jesus Herrada, Rafal Majka, Robert Gesink and Geraint Thomas were all among the casualties in the ninth stage, and the latter two were forced to withdraw from the race.
The mountain where the carnage happened has not featured in the race since 1974, which has raised a few questions as to whether such a dangerous descent should be part of the already gruelling event.
Chris Froome stayed out of trouble to hang onto the yellow jersey, and moved into $1.30 to win the title for the second year in a row, and the fourth Tour de France victory of his career.
Froome was edged out for the stage victory by Rigoberto Uran, who outsprinted Frenchman Warren Barguil for the win in the south eastern French town of Chambery.
Next up, the riders have a rest day, which is well deserved and will give everyone a chance to catch their breath.
1. Chris Froome, Team Sky – 38h26’28”
2. Fabio Aru, Astana – +0:18
3. Romain Bardet, AG2R La Mondiale – +0:51
4. Rigoberto Uran, Cannondale-Drapac – +0:55
5. Jakob Fuglsang, Astana – +1:37
6. Daniel Martin, Quick-Step – +1:44
7. Simon Yates, Orica-Scott +2:02
8. Nairo Quintana, Movistar – +2:13
Chris Froome $1.30
Fabio Aru $5.50
Romain Bardet $12
Jakob Fuglsang $26
Daniel Martin $41
Rigoberto Uran $51
Nairo Quintana $67
Simon Yates $151
Mikel Landa $201
Louis Meintjes $251
Alberto Contador $251
Pierre Roger Latour $401
Emanuel Buchmann $401
George Bennett $401
Nicolas Roche $501
Daniel Navarro $501
Damiano Caruso $501
Jarlinson Pantano $501
Rafal Majka $501
Bauke Mollema $501
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