Published: Mon, July 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Geraint Thomas out of Tour de France with suspected broken collarbone

Geraint Thomas out of Tour de France with suspected broken collarbone

Porte was taken to hospital in a neck brace after suffering concussion and multiple cuts.

A very hard day on the mountains saw Froome need a bike change but recover to take a commanding lead in the Tour as Porte and Thomas crashed violently.

Pre-race favourite Richie Porte of Australia has suffered a heavy crash in a descent during the ninth stage of the Tour de France.

Overall, Froome leads Aru by 18 seconds and Bardet by 51.

At the time of the crash, AG2R La Mondiale were lighting up the race on the descent before the next hors categorie climb.

After numerous attacks including from Aru and Porte, Froome dropped the other GC rivals, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Aru unable to stay with the three-time Tour de France victor.

While Quintana fought back to limit his losses alongside the likes of Martin and British youngster Simon Yates - the white jersey from Orica-Scott - Contador struggled en route to finishing more than four minutes down on Froome.

"I had a mechanical problem with my gears, I had to change bike", said three-times champion Froome.

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.

Fuglsang, the recent victor of the Criterium du Dauphine, led out the final sprint before Uran - no longer hampered by that gearing issue - powered past.

He also went down in the second, fourth and eighth stages.

Porte missed a left-hand bend, cartwheeled across the road and bowled over another rider, Dan Martin, before slamming into a grassy bank. Dutchman Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Italy's Manuele Mori (UAE Team Emirates) fell inside the opening 10km and both were forced out, the former with a fractured vertebrae less than a day after he finished runner-up in Stage 8.

Monday is a rest day for the riders.

Quick-Step Floors rider Martin got back on his bike after he took a new wheel from a neutral support vehicle.

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