Uran takes Tour stage honours as Porte crashes
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Jul 10, 2017,
Jul 10, 2017, 0:10
Rigoberto Uran of Cannondale has won a hugely dramatic Stage 9 of the Tour de France in Chambery on a day when second-placed Geraint Thomas of Team Sky and one of the big favourites for the overall win, BMC Racing's Richie Porte, both crashed out.
He was already without team mate Geraint Thomas, who abandoned after crashing in the slippery descent of the Col de la Biche, one of three out-of-category ascents of the day.
However, Porte's BMC sporting director Fabio Baldato insisted the team had come prepared, particularly for the Mont du Chat climb and descent.
A stricken Porte was treated by doctors before being carried into an ambulance and taken to hospital, while Martin picked himself up and finished the stage despite going down for a second time.
"He was conscious, it's reassuring, he is being transferred to the hospital", Pommery said.
At the time of the crash, AG2R La Mondiale were lighting up the race on the descent before the next hors categorie climb.
As Froome dropped back to change his bike, the Italian national champion rode clear with Quintana - until Porte and Martin urged him to take his foot off the gas.
The damage from a brutal stage took its toll: Porte and Thomas were just two of around 20 riders who crashed on the wet, narrow roads of the Jura.
His absence will be a blow to Froome, who is trying to win a third successive Tour de France and fourth title in five years.
"He (Porte) did it four times before the race, he did it in training, he did it in a race (the Criterium du Dauphine)".
Three riders from the day's break - Movistar's Jesus Herrada plus Alexey Lutsenko and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev of Astana - had crashed on the same corner as Thomas minutes before the peloton arrived.
Quick-Step Floors rider Martin got back on his bike after he took a new wheel from a neutral support vehicle.