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

FDJ loses four riders, including Arnaud Démare, to time cut on Stage 9 of Tour de France

by Neal Rogers

Only 500 meters had been covered in the very difficult Stage 9 of the Tour de France when FDJ sprinter Arnaud Démare was in difficulty, accompanied by teammates Mickael Delage and Ignatas Konovalovas. Six hours later, the Stage 4 winner and green jersey contender crossed the finish line in Chambéry outside of the time limit, in the company of Delage, Konovalovas and Jacopo Guarnieri, meaning four FDJ riders are out of the Tour de France.

Démare had suffered on Stage 8, barely making the time cut with the help of his teammates. “I’m not sick,” he said Saturday. “I suffered in recovering from the last days, so the stage was very difficult. I don’t feel sick, but I don’t feel good. I feel shit, and I feel zero. I think [Stage 9] will be better for me because the gruppetto will be together sooner than today.”

But it wasn’t meant to be. With seven categorized climbs and 4600 metres of elevation gain on the stage, it was obvious immediately that it would be difficult for the French national champion. After his first difficulties Guarnieri joined them, but it was impossible for them to finish within 39:50 of stage winner Rigoberto Uran. In all, eight riders missed the time cut, including Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors).

“It’s part of the game,” said FDJ manager Marc Madiot. “It is known that in the Tour, one can lose riders due to a crash, or sickness. It is the race. This is not nice, but you have to deal with it. Today we still wanted to believe, the guys worked 100%, but it was not enough. Yesterday I thought that Arnaud had suffered from the heat, but it must be something else. We will do some analysis, it is necessary to understand. Now the FDJ team will continue with the remaining five riders. In the Tour, I know, things can be up, it was the case at Vittel when our sprinter raised his arms, and then things can be down. We’re down, but we’re going to try to go up. We must accept it.”

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