Published: Mon, July 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Top contender in high-speed crash during Tour de France

Top contender in high-speed crash during Tour de France

Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) won Sunday's dramatic stage, a 181.5-kilometre route from Nantua to Chambéry.

On the descent on the Col de la Biche, the first of three hors categorie climbs on the stage, the French team laid devastation on the Tour, with Geraint Thomas crashing out of the race after suffering a suspected broken collarbone as Team Sky looked to reel in the attack. Porte was in a group of seven riders, including race leader Chris Froome, who were descending from the last of seven climbs on Sunday.

He crashed twice while wearing the yellow jersey, on stages two and four, and on Saturday went straight into a hay bale after he and Froome took a corner too fast on a descent during stage eight to Station des Rousses.

Worse was to follow for pre-Tour favourite Richie Porte on the final descent, with a horror crash involving him and Ireland's Dan Martin forcing the Australian to abandon.

The BMC Racing rider hit the rocks on his right-hand side and was attended to by medics, who carried him into an ambulance on a stretcher.

Froome will be relieved to have safely completed a stage filled with hazards, but the loss of Thomas could be hugely significant with Team Sky left weakened.

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

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

Later on the slopes of the fearfully steep Mont du Chat, Martin - who was sitting in fourth place at the start of the day - and fifth-placed Porte came to grief, when the latter fell and brought down Martin.

Froome had his rivals - including Porte - to thank as the group neutralised Aru's attack while he was changing his bike on the lung-busting ascent to the Mont du Chat.

Twice former victor Alberto Contador was one of the big losers on the day from the 181.5km stage from Nantua to Chambery.

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