Richie Porte out of Tour de France after horror crash


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    Australian Richie Porte is out of the Tour de France after he crashed heavily during a high-speed descent during the ninth stage on Sunday, fracturing his right clavicle and pelvis.

    Colombian Rigoberto Uran of Cannondale-Drapac won the 181.5-km trek from Nantua to Chambery, which claimed BMC’s general classification hopeful Porte and Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas.

    One of the pre-race favourites, Porte was in a group of seven riders, including race leader Chris Froome, and came off his bike at a speed of 70km/h on the descent of Mont du Chat — the last of seven categorised climbs on a brutal stage.

    The Australian is reported to have braked to avoid the wheel of another rider and subsequently missed a downhill left-hand bend, leaving the tarmac, cartwheeling across the road and bowling over another rider, Dan Martin, before hitting a grassy bank.

    He was immediately treated on the side of the road before being carried into an ambulance on a stretcher and taken to hospital for examination.

    Team doctor Max Testa said Porte had suffered a broken collarbone and a fractured pelvis.

    “Normally, a fractured clavicle and pelvis would require four to six weeks’ recovery, providing there are no complications,” BMC team doctor Max Testa said.

    “If everything goes to plan, Richie could be back on the bike at the beginning of August and slowly build his fitness up from there.

    “Based on Richie’s recovery, we will re-evaluate his program for the rest of the season in consultation with BMC Racing Team management.”

    BMC sports director Fabio Baldato said the 32-year-old Porte “had a lot of pain” but had remained conscious through his ordeal.

    Baldato added that Porte had ridden the descent four times before the Tour, including once in racing conditions during last month’s Criterium du Dauphine.

    Uran of Cannondale-Drapac won the stage ahead of France’s Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) after a photo finish, with Briton Froome third.

    “They told me I had won but I was convinced Warren had won it,” Uran said.

    Team Sky’s Froome retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey on a day when his lieutenant Geraint Thomas, who was second, also crashed out of the race.

    Welshman Thomas suffered a broken collarbone in a crash on the damp descent of the Col de la Biche, before Porte’s incident.

    Froome leads the overall classification by 18 seconds from Italy’s Fabio Aru, while Frenchman Romain Bardet, last year’s race runner-up, is third 51 seconds off the pace.

    Defending champion Froome was attacked by Fabio Aru just as he suffered a mechanical on the last climb, before the Italian finally adhered to the Tour’s unwritten rule that challengers shouldn’t attack the race leader when he’s in trouble not of his own making.

    “I had a mechanical problem with my gears, I had to change bike,” Froome.

    “I want to thank the other riders, who did not attack.”

    Froome added he did not see Aru attacking past him as he raised his arms to ask for assistance.

    Monday is a rest day and the fight for the overall title is set to resume next Thursday with the first big Pyrenean stage.

    © AAP 2018

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    • July 10th 2017 @ 8:42am
      jameswm said | July 10th 2017 @ 8:42am | ! Report

      Some poor sportsmanship followed immediately by very good sportsmanship. Aru attacked as soon as Froome’s arm went up. I guess we shouldn’t make generalisations about Italians being willing to take a dive or do anything to win a soccer match, should we? You could see Richie or Martin had a go at him, as Aru threw his hands in the air.

      Then it was apparently Aru that Porte had to brake to avoid, sending him into a massive crash. I wonder if it was just one of those things or if Aru was reckless.

      • July 11th 2017 @ 1:54am
        Mad Dog said | July 11th 2017 @ 1:54am | ! Report

        I didnt see Froome hold up proceedings when Uran had a mechanical issue towards the end. Just a thought

    • July 10th 2017 @ 11:28am
      Albo said | July 10th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

      In a day of chaos with the us losing Richie Porte & Gerant Thomas from the tour and the Aru issue, we shouldn’t miss the great performance of Michael Mathews in picking the intermediate sprint points to move him to 2nd in the race for the Green jersey. Whilst it is unlikely he will overhaul Kittel by the end of the tour, he is giving himself a sniff and he won’t die wondering.

      • July 10th 2017 @ 11:36am
        jameswm said | July 10th 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

        Yeah, that was impressive. He put in a lot of hard work to get those points.

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      July 10th 2017 @ 3:26pm
      Scott Pryde said | July 10th 2017 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

      This was one of the most horrific crashes I’ve ever seen. Flatout scary.

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