Saturday, 17 November, 2018


Tour de France: Tearful Richie Porte crashes out with shoulder injury

Tour de France: Tearful Richie Porte crashes out with shoulder injury Tour de France: Tearful Richie Porte crashes out with shoulder injury
Noah Ferguson | 17 July, 2018, 13:32

Dutch ace Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to a second straight win on stage eight of the Tour de France (TdF) on Saturday as second and third Andre Greipel and Fernando Gaviria were disqualified for elbowing and headbutting at 70km/h.

Four-time victor Chris Froome remained over a minute behind Van Avermaet, a support rider for BMC leading hope Richie Porte.

In the General classification, the three leaders remained the same: the Belgian rider of BMC Racing's Greg van Avermat is the first, the second Briton Geraint Thomas of Sky, the third American Tja van Garderen of BMC Racing.

Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour de France as John Degenkolb won a chaotic stage nine over the cobbles to Roubaix, with Ireland's Dan Martin finishing in 32nd place.

The Tour de France arrived at the foot of the Alps after the long transfer from Roubaix yet continued dishing the dirt, on and off the road.

It was a moment interpreted as Froome showing he was strong enough to win on his own.

"I have a big deficit already, and we haven't been on the first climb yet".

With Gaviria breaking free from the peloton at first, Greonewegen came from behind at the closing 200 meters and crossed the finish line with his finger on his lips. Today the legs were good and everything was OK, ” said Groenewegen, who rides for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo.

"I think it's a bit early to be talking about that", said Thomas.

The 231-kilometer (143.5-mile) trek from Fougeres, home to the best-preserved and largest medieval fortress in Europe, concluded in Chartres, site of a vast cathedral known for its stained-glass windows. “But everyone kind of enjoyed it — the first day we could really relax.”.

Porte's crash is a cruel disappointment after he was forced to withdraw from last year's tour due to a horror crash.

Laurent Pichon, another French rider with Fortuneo-Samsic, then also got away alone for a spell.

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