Richie Porte devastated as collarbone fracture ends his Tour de France

Jul 19, 2018, 01:00
Richie Porte devastated as collarbone fracture ends his Tour de France

Richie Porte crashed out of the 2018 Tour de France on stage nine for the second consecutive year.

"I hope to remain in yellow after Roubaix but firstly my goal is to start stage 9 to Roubaix in the lead, it would already be something", Van Avermaet expressed his ambition.

"I was lucky I was on Fernando's wheel, because that helped me reaching the finish line in third position".

"I've felt better obviously, but it's not as bad as (it could be)", he said.

John Degenkolb (Trek) won Paris Roubaix back in 2015 but has had to come back from the wilderness and overcome some personal setbacks and serious injury to finally snare another major victory.

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"Was that a Sunday in hell?" said Irishman Dan Martin, fighting on after a brutal fall left the day before left him with "lumbar trauma". "I followed Sagan, but following him is pretty sketchy - he bashes everyone else out the way so you do get a clear run following him".

Another emerging force is the nephew of the 1987 Tour de France and Giro victor Stephen Roche, the UAE Team Emirates captain Dan Martin, who broke for a thrilling win on the Mur-de-Bretagne on Thursday.

Australian general classification contender Richie Porte is out of the Tour de France after crashing on the ninth stage.

While the Dutchman followed up Friday's success in Chartres with a Bastille Day victory in Amiens on stage eight, Cavendish could enjoy a respite from questions over his form as there was little he could have done differently this time.

Frenchman Romain Bardet suffered at least four bike problems, had to change bikes twice and used an enormous amount of energy to somehow limit his time loss to single digits.

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"I think it's fantastic, I can't find the right words to express how it feels to win", said Degenkolb, who now has stage wins in all three Grand Tours.

Mikel Landa and Rigoberto Uran also took tumbles, the latter losing almost a minute and a half on the general classification group.

Although Van Avermaet retains yellow, it was a disappointing day overall for BMC. Lampaert finished the stage in third and fellow Belgian Philippe Gilbert, who finished the stage fourth, jumped into the top three overall.

While Porte headed for hospital, their other contender Tejay Van Garderen - who started the day just nine seconds off yellow - got himself caught up in crashes and conceded more than five minutes, to effectively rule himself out of contention.

Riders can then rest their backsides on Monday when the racing pauses before resuming with three stages in a row in the Alps.

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