Published: Mon, July 10, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Richie Porte seriously injured after horrific Tour de France crash — GRAPHIC IMAGES

Richie Porte seriously injured after horrific Tour de France crash — GRAPHIC IMAGES

Geraint Thomas is out of the Tour De France after suffering a suspected broken collarbone during a crash. He careened across the road and clattered into Ireland's Dan Martin, bringing the two crashing into the rocky side of the road in the final 25 kilometers of the 181.5-kilometer stage from Nantua to Chambery.

Amid all of that, several contenders shipped time after seven categorised climbs - three of them hors categorie - and 4700 metres of ascent. Porte was given immediate medical assistance. "We hope both guys are both okay", said Froome's Sky team on Twitter. "He was asking for his helmet and his glasses".

The crashes were not the only cause of drama.

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

"He was at the inside of me a few times on the corners, just desperate to get around me".

Froome appeared to ride into Aru after he had caught back up, but insisted it was not a barge in retaliation for the attack. "It wasn't a swipe at Aru or anything like that". The Sunweb sprinter was part of the Sunday's large break and battled back after the HC duo of the Col de la Biche and Grand Colombier to win the intermediate sprint and move within 52 points of the Quick-Step Floors rider.

Three-times podium finisher Nairo Quintana of Colombia also struggled, losing 1:15 to Froome and his group.

Martin did drop a place to sixth, one minute and 44 seconds down.

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Rigobero Uran won the stage, with Froome hanging onto the yellow jersey.

With four bonus seconds on the line for third place, Froome extended his lead over Aru to 18 seconds.

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.

"I can't really think about that at the moment", Thomas said.

"I don't know what it is for this year, it's just not happening". It was stage nine as well. I was sitting second overall as well. "It's just so disappointing".

Uran took victory in a photo finish ahead of Warren Barguil, one final twist of drama on a day that will live long in Tour history.

"Where I crashed, I don't think it was [too dangerous]".

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