CHAMBERY, France (AP) — Richie Porte, who was one of many prime contenders within the Tour de France, has suffered a terrifying high-speed crash on Stage 9 of the race.
The Australian missed a downhill bend, cartwheeling throughout the street and bowling over one other rider, Dan Martin, earlier than hitting a grassy financial institution. Porte was stretchered into an ambulance, his race over.
Medics first handled the BMC rider whereas he was mendacity on the tarmac. Stay broadcasts on French tv then confirmed medics lifting him on a stretcher into an ambulance. Porte was in a gaggle of seven riders, together with race chief Chris Froome, who have been descending from the final of seven climbs on Sunday.
Fabio Baldato, one of many administrators of Porte’s BMC workforce, stated the rider had shoulder ache however “was at all times aware. He knew what occurred and was asking for his helmet and his glasses.”
The pinnacle of the Tour’s medical workforce, Florence Pommerie, stated Porte appeared “extra scared than damage.”
“That was horrific,” Froome stated of Porte’s crash. They was once teammates at Sky earlier than Porte left for BMC.
Froome fiercely defended — and even prolonged — the general lead on an ultra-tough day of excessive drama and punishing climbs in jap France’s Jura mountains, surviving daredevil descents at speeds exceeding 70 kilometers (45 miles) per hour.
Getting via Sunday’s Stage 9 unscathed, arguably the hardest of this Tour’s 21 phases, marked a vital step within the three-time champion’s marketing campaign for a fourth win.
Froome positioned third within the stage, narrowly overwhelmed in a remaining dash by Colombian Rigoberto Uran on the end in Chambery, within the Alps.
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