GRAPHIC IMAGES: Richie Porte seriously injured after horrific Tour de France crash

Monday, 10 Jul, 2017

He lay motionless on the road for some time, being attended to by medics before being taken to hospital, although organisers said he was conscious and speaking.

Champion Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey after finishing the stage third, behind Frenchman Warren Barguil, who missed out on victory in a photo-finish.

Pre-race favorite Richie Porte's Tour de France came to a brutal end when the Australian suffered a heavy crash on a descent during the ninth stage on Sunday.

Thomas began the day second in the general classification, 12 seconds behind his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome, and his exit will come as a major blow for the three-times Tour victor.

"I had a mechanical problem with my gears, I had to change bike", Froome said. From what I understand it looked like Richie (Porte) had said to my other rivals, "Listen guys, this is not the moment to attack when the leader of the race has got a mechanical".

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Richie Porte seriously injured after horrific Tour de France crash
GRAPHIC IMAGES: Richie Porte seriously injured after horrific Tour de France crash

Stage honours were decided by a rare sprint finish between general classification contenders, with AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet fourth and Fabio Aru of Astana fifth. He is now eighth overall, a massive 2:13 off the pace.

After a well-earned rest day, the Tour resumes on Tuesday with a largely flat 178km Stage 10 from Perigueux to Bergerac, which should reopen the doors to the sprinters.

The accident also saw Irish rider Dan Martin felled as he collided with the prone Porte. Fuglsang completes the top five at 1:37 while Martin will be relieved to have emerged from that frightful collision with Porte just 1:44 in arrears.

Quick-Step Floors rider Martin got back on his bike after he took a new wheel from a neutral support vehicle.

Slovakian Juraj Sagan, Italian Matteo Trentin and Australian Mark Renshaw also finished outside the time limit.

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