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Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France

10 July 2017, 12:33 | Nina Hammond

Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France

Froome keeps lead but loses trusted lieutenant

Froome suffered a mechanical problem on the Mont du Chat, the last of three hors categorie climbs on the day, and as the three-time Tour victor was calling for the team vehicle Aru attacked in a clear breach of cycling's protocol.

Uran got the verdict in a photo finish to what was an action-packed Sunday, denying Warren Barguil a stage win in his homeland by the narrowest of margins in Chambery.

Irishman Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) was caught in the crash that ended Porte's race and then came down again later in the descent, losing fourth place as he slipped to sixth, one minute and 44 seconds down, 18 seconds ahead of seventh-place Simon Yates of Orica-Scott.

Britain's Geraint Thomas has been forced to abandon the Tour de France after crashing on stage nine.

Long identified as one of the key days of this year's race, the stage through the Jura mountains, which had there Hors-Categorie climbs, was marred by a number of crashes, with Thomas and Porte the two highest profile victims.

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As a result, he had done well to contest the finish let alone contest it with a group that also included race leader and defending champion Chris Froome of Team Sky, the Astana pair of Fabio Aru and Jakob Fuglsang, plus Romain Bardet of AG2R-La Mondiale. Porte was stretchered into an ambulance, his race over. Organizers said he was conscious and speaking.

Thomas had crashed on another descent much earlier in the stage and quit the Tour with a fractured collarbone.

The two-times Tour victor Alberto Contador also hit the deck as he fell on the ascent of the Grand Colombier, but the Spaniard was quickly back on his way with a push from spectators.

"I want to thank the other riders, who did not attack", he added, saying he did not see Aru attacking past him as he raised his arms to ask for assistance.



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