CHAMBERY, France (AP) — Geraint Thomas has crashed on a descent and been taken to an area hospital with a suspected damaged collarbone, depriving Chris Froome of a key Sky teammate as he seeks a fourth Tour de France title.
Thomas went down on a slick highway coming off the Col de la Biche with barely greater than 100 kilometers (60 miles) remaining in Stage 9 — which is taken into account one of many race’s hardest.
Thomas started the stage second total, 12 seconds behind Froome, regardless of having crashed in a number of different levels, together with Stage eight on Saturday, when he tumbled over a barrier on a descent.
It has been an unlucky yr for Thomas, who additionally exited the Giro d’Italia in Might following a crash brought on by a police bike.
A number of different riders additionally crashed within the 181.5-kilometer (113-mile) stage from Nantua to Chambery.
Robert Gesink of Group Lotto Jumbo and Manuele Mori of UAE Group Emirates have been additionally pressured to desert.
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