Pre-race favourite Porte crashes out of Tour de France

Emmett Rice
July 10, 2017

Pre-race favorite Richie Porte of Australia (BMC Racing) and Froome's lieutenant Geraint Thomas crashed out.

The scene was reminiscent of the 2010 Tour when Alberto Contador attacked Andy Schleck on the ascent to the Port de Bales when his rival's chain snapped.

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

Thomas began the day second in the general classification, 12 seconds behind his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome, and his exit will come as a major blow for the three-times Tour victor.

In the final descent to Chambery, Australian Porte, regarded as Froome's main challenger ahead of the three-week event, went off the road into a wall of rocks. Organizers said he was conscious and speaking.

Bardet is now third at 51 seconds with Uran, who took the winner's 10-second bonus, fourth at 55 seconds.

"There will be other great battles to fight in the Pyrenees and the Alps", Bardet said.

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The Brit won the opening stage of the race and lay second overall going into Sunday's stage, 12 seconds behind Sky team-mate Chris Froome.

After picking himself up, Martin finished in a group including Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Orica-Scott's Simon Yates, one minute and 15 seconds behind the leaders.

If Quintana - 2:13 down in eighth place - kept his faint hopes of a first Tour crown alive, then the same can not be said of Contador: the former double Tour champion is now more than five minutes down on Froome in the GC.

Monday is a rest day for the riders.

Richie Porte's Tour De France was brought to a crashing end, Dan Martin's could easily have gone with it.

After being caught in Porte's crash, Martin fell again on the way to the foot of the mountain, and the Quick-Step Floors rider made his feelings clear about a stage design with such a strong emphasis on high-speed descending. Fuglsang completes the top five at 1:37 while Martin will be relieved to have emerged from that frightful collision with Porte just 1:44 in arrears.

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