Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France

Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France

But other contenders, including twice former runner-up Nairo Quintana of Colombia, lost more than a minute, as did Dan Martin, who courageously battled on despite being taken down by Porte's spectacular crash, and even coming off his bike a second time on that same perilous descent.

The last descent of the day with seven climbs saw a terrifying high-speed crash involving Richie Porte, who had been fifth overall but is now out of the race.

Thomas, who had already crashed three times during this Tour, was second overall, 12 seconds behind Sky team mate Chris Froome.

Porte was taken by ambulance to hospital as Froome raced to pull in Romain Bardet (AG2R) at the front, which he did with 2 kilometres to go.

"Normally, a fractured clavicle and pelvis would require four to six weeks´ recovery, providing there are no complications, Testa said".

Porte was taken to hospital in a neck brace after suffering concussion and multiple cuts.

Martin crashed in to the back of Richie Porte after the Australian went off the road into a wall of rocks on the final descent to the stage finish at Chambery.




His absence will be a blow to Froome, who is trying to win a third successive Tour de France and fourth title in five years.

Team Sky announced the news on Twitter, saying: "Sadly GeraintThomas86 has been forced to abandon TDF2017 following that crash".

Five riders in total crashed out of the race on Sunday while two-time former victor Alberto Contador was able to carry on quickly after coming down on an uphill section.

"That's the thing with sports unfortunately, there will be other scenarios - good moments and bad moments".

Tour de France race organisers say Porte, one of the pre-race favourites, was travelling at 72.5km/h when he crashed.

Fuglsang, the recent victor of the Criterium du Dauphine, led out the final sprint before Uran - no longer hampered by that gearing issue - powered past.

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