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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
Eighty kilometers into Stage 9 of the Tour de France, several riders crashed descending the Col de la Biche. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) crashed, but was able to carry on, while former race leader Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was out with a broken collarbone.
“Everyone was nervous, everyone wanted to be at the front and a few people were battling to get between myself, Froomey and the rest of the boys,” Thomas said. “I let [Rafal] Majka in and then he came down right in front of me on a straight bit of road. I had nowhere to go, went over the top of him, and landed on my collarbone.
“Team doctor Jimmy [Juan Mercadel] said he thought it was broken but I got back on the bike and carried on down the descent, but when I got on the flat I knew something was wrong. Then the race doctor said exactly the same so I ended up stopping then, went for a scan, and it’s broken.”
Thomas started the day second overall having enjoyed an excellent start to the race. He won the opening prologue in Dusseldorf to become the first Welshman to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, but his disappointment at leaving the race early is clear.