Geraint Thomas out of Tour de France after crash on stage nine

Anita Tucker
July 10, 2017

Sunday's ninth stage is a punishing trek in the Alps, featuring three out-of-category climbs and ending with a treacherous descent to Chambery.

Richie Porte, who was one of the top contenders in the Tour de France, has suffered a terrifying high-speed crash on Stage 9 of the race.

He beat France's Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) after a photo finish.

And the battle for the stage win came down to a slow-motion sprint between an exhausted group, containing Chris Froome in the yellow jersey.

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.

The 32-year-old Australian received extensive treatment on the road before being taken to hospital in an ambulance.

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Organisers said on their official Twitter feed that Thomas, who went down on the slippery descent from the Col de la Biche, had retired from the Tour.

A very hard day on the mountains saw Froome need a bike change but recover to take a commanding lead in the Tour as Porte and Thomas crashed violently.

It's the second time Thomas has been forced to abandon a Grand Tour this year after his early exit from the Giro d'Italia in May.

Froome had his rivals - including Porte - to thank as the group neutralised Aru's attack while he was changing his bike on the lung-busting ascent to the Mont du Chat.

Martin lost more than a minute, as did Movistar's Nairo Quintana, three times a runner-up in the race, while former victor Alberto Contador of Trek Segafredo seems to be out of contention after losing over four minutes.

The defending champion, who was attacked by Fabio Aru (Astana) just as he suffered a mechanical on the last climb, crossed in third.

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