Thomas abandons Tour de France following crash

Thomas abandons Tour de France following crash

Thomas abandons Tour de France following crash

Thomas had crashed on another descent, made treacherous by rain, earlier in the day, suffering a suspected broken collarbone.

It meant race leader and reigning champion Chris Froome lost both a key team-mate in Thomas and chief rival in Porte on the same stage.

Uran is fourth, 55 seconds off the pace while Astana look set to work as a double act from now on as Dane Fuglsang is fifth, 1:37 behind Froome. "What was important, he was always conscious, he knew what happened. He was asking for his helmet and his glasses". "Richie will be taken to hospital for examination", BMC Racing Team wrote on Twitter.

Sagan has since been disqualified for causing Cavendish to crash.

"I just had a bit of a wobble on a switchback", he said.

After picking himself up, Martin finished in a group including Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Orica-Scott's Simon Yates, one minute and 15 seconds behind the leaders. Bardet is now third at 51sec with Uran, who took the winner's 10sec bonus, fourth at 55sec.

"After I crashed the second time I was flying downhill and caught the group in front".

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"I'm just thinking of the devastation of leaving the Tour and another Grand Tour", Thomas told the team's website.

"It's a massive disappointment", Thomas said. It was stage nine as well. "It's just so disappointing".

Italian Fabio Aru replaced Thomas in second place going into Monday's first rest day.

The 30-year-old had to get the neutral service mechanic to lift his chain into the highest gear so he could continue to the line, where a photo finish decided it.

Porte's crash was the most dramatic as he clipped the grass verge on the inside of a bend on the lightning quick descent down the fearsome Mont du Chat less than 25km from the finish.

"Then my derailleur was out of order".

I'm happy to still be in the jersey but at the same time that was a insane stage.

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