Froome survives chaotic day to retain Tour de France lead

Team Sky rider and yellow jersey Chris Froome of Britain in action Sunday July 9 in the Tour de France. REUTERS  Benoit Tessier
Team Sky rider and yellow jersey Chris Froome of Britain in action Sunday July 9 in the Tour de France. REUTERS Benoit Tessier
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10 July, 2017

"Richie will be taken to hospital for examination".

It's a bitter disappointment for Thomas, who was hoping to help lead teammate Chris Froome to what everyone hopes is a fourth Tour de France title.

The other general classification contenders followed the Italian, but seemingly in order to remonstrate with him and tell him to wait.

BMC sports director Fabio Baldpate said Porte had remained conscious throughout.

"I managed to catch the group in front of me after I crashed the second time - I was flying down the mountain", he said with a smile. "I want to thank the other riders, who did not attack". I just don't know what Majka was doing.

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Bardet is now third at 51 seconds with Uran, who took the winner's 10-second bonus, fourth at 55 seconds. The Sunweb sprinter was part of the Sunday's large break and battled back after the HC duo of the Col de la Biche and Grand Colombier to win the intermediate sprint and move within 52 points of the Quick-Step Floors rider.

But Quintana's ambitious Giro-Tour double bid appears to be extracting a heavy price - he is now two minutes 13 seconds down in eighth while two-time Tour victor Alberto Contador slipped all the way to 12th after shipping four minutes.

Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Astana duo Aru and Jakob Fuglsang completed the top six before a chasing group including Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) came home one minute 15 seconds down.

Thomas, known for his hardness, pushed on until down until he reached the valley, but he knew something was "bad" and it was confirmed by the team and race doctor.

"Where I crashed, I don't think it was [too dangerous]. It's a surprise. I'm very happy to have won this complicated stage".


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