Blow to Froome as Thomas crashes out of Tour

Jul 10, 2017, 00:36
Blow to Froome as Thomas crashes out of Tour

However, he suffered his fourth crash of the race on Sunday and was forced to abandon, having suffered a similar fate at the Giro d'Italia earlier this year, when a crash caused by a police bike, also on stage nine, caused injuries which ultimately forced him to withdraw a few days later.

"Normally, a fractured clavicle and pelvis would require four to six weeks´ recovery, providing there are no complications, Testa said".

Porte was given immediate medical assistance by an ambulance and some minutes later hadn't moved. He lay motionless on the road for some time being attended to by medics before being taken to hospital, although organisers said he was conscious and speaking. Porte was in a group of seven riders, including race leader Chris Froome, who were descending from the last of seven climbs on Sunday.

Porte's crash was the most dramatic as he clipped the grass verge on the inside of a bend on the lightning quick descent down the fearsome Mont du Chat less than 25km from the finish. "We hope both guys are both okay", said Froome's Sky team on Twitter. Thomas had crashed on another descent, made treacherous by rain, earlier in the day, suffering a suspected broken collarbone.

The two-times Tour victor Alberto Contador also hit the deck as he fell on the ascent of the Grand Colombier, but the Spaniard was quickly back on his way with a push from spectators.

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Nicolas Roche, Porte's BMC team-mate and Martin's cousin, sad the Australian would get over this heartbreak.

The numerous crashes led some to question whether the stage was too unsafe.

On descent of Mont du Chat, the final hors categorie, Porte crashed and skidded across the road and into the side of the mountain wall, with Daniel Martin (Quickstep) unable to avoid crashing into him.

"We knew it was a risky one but we can't say anything else".

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