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Froome survives chaotic day to retain Tour de France lead

10 July, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Froome survives chaotic day to retain Tour de France lead

Pre-race favorite Richie Porte of Australia (BMC Racing) and Froome's lieutenant Geraint Thomas crashed out.

Geraint Thomas was sitting in a Sky team auto, his shoulder wrapped in gauze, wondering if his 2017 season is cursed. He careened across the road and clattered into Ireland's Dan Martin, bringing the two crashing into the rocky side of the road in the final 25 kilometers of the 181.5-kilometer stage from Nantua to Chambery. Of course my team mate Geraint Thomas as well, he crashed out today with a broken collarbone, so I've got mixed feelings. 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". 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.

"We can say "dust down and bounce back" and everything, but the reality is that that's tough". He was at the inside of me a few times on the corners, just desperate to get around me. I've just seen the images of Richie Porte's crash and that leaves you with a frightful feeling.

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Thomas, who had already crashed three times during this Tour, was second overall at the start of the stage, 12 seconds behind Team Sky teammate Froome.

"He had a lot of pain but we need to wait for the doctors", he said.

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.

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"He probably doesn't want to think about it, he probably doesn't believe this thing's happened", said the Irishman.

The numerous crashes led some to question whether the stage was too unsafe.

"We knew it was a risky one but we can't say anything else".

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