Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 10, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Uran wins chaotic Stage 9 that sees Porte, Thomas, Gesink crash out of Tour de France; Van der Breggen is 2017 Giro Rosa champion; teammate Guarnier wins final stage; Winder wins Tour de Feminin as Labous wins final stage; Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France with broken pelvis and collarbone; Geraint Thomas abandons Tour de France with broken collarbone; Uran wins Tour stage with bent derailleur hanger, stuck in 11-sprocket; Dan Martin loses time in Porte crash at Tour de France; FDJ loses four riders, including Arnaud Démare, to time cut on Stage 9 of Tour de France; Outside magazine interviews ‘Tour de Pharmacy’ writer and star Andy Samberg; Video: Taylor Phinney goes nude to introduce his Cannondale-Drapac Tour de France teammates; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 9 highlights

Dan Martin loses time in Porte crash at Tour de France

by VeloClub

It was a day that could have turned out so differently for Dan Martin. Fourth overall on Sunday morning and poised to move up to third after the withdrawal of Geraint Thomas, the Irishman was also looking at a possible stage victory. Martin is a very quick finisher from a small group, has won races in the past in similar circumstances and would have grabbed the opportunity.

Instead, he ended up crashing not once but twice. The first put him on the ground; the second into a wall. Both occurred on the twisting, technical descent of the Mont du Chat, a slippery, serpentine plummet down to the finish in Chambery.

“I don’t think anybody wants to take risks down there,” he said afterwards, cooling down aboard a home trainer outside the QuickStep team bus close to the finish line. “But it was so slippery under the trees. Richie [Porte] just locked up his back wheel, went straight onto the grass, wiped out and then his bike just collected me.”

Despite two crashes, the need to change a wheel and then to get a spare bike, Martin finished ninth, just1:15 behind the front group containing Froome and led in by Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac). His strength in chasing suggests he would have been a factor in the stage result, as does his known finishing speed.

That wasn’t to be, though, and instead of ending the day third overall, he is sixth. His 25-second deficit to Froome has increased to 1:44.

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