In today’s Daily News Digest: Froome speaks out on Aru, Porte, and the week to come at Tour de France; Majka abandons Tour de France with multiple contusions; Quintana: ‘Anything can still happen’ at Tour de France; Porte on Tour-ending crash: ‘I’m lucky I’ve come away with the injuries I have’; 18 months after brain injury, Adriano Malori announces retirement as pro cyclist; Zakarin extends with Katusha-Alpecin through 2019; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, Stage 9 of Tour de France; Video: Team Sunweb goes inside Warren Barguil’s hectic, emotional finish on Stage 9 of Tour de France
Your Tuesday Daily News Digest
After a bad crash on an early descent on Stage 9 of the Tour de France left him with heavy bruising and road rash, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Rafal Majka decided to leave the Tour de France. After some rest to recover, he will prepare for the rest of the season.
“I have pain everywhere today, but I was lucky to have no fractures at all,” Majka said. “I cannot explain exactly what happened when I crashed. I didn’t break or anything, but my front wheel slipped away. Also Risto, our mechanic, almost fell when he arrived with the spare bike. There must have been some oil or something similar on the road. However, after the crash I suffered a lot. I want to thank my whole Bora-Hansgrohe team, everybody waited for me first, but we told Emanuel [Buchmann] to go and save our chances in the GC, then Jay [McCarty] was with me and brought me up to the next bigger group. Also thanks to Michal Kwiatkowski who helped me in the end.”
— Rafa? Majka (@majkaformal) July 9, 2017
“After this heavy crash, it does not make any sense to keep on fighting. I can hardly breathe because of the pain. We had to take a wise decision, for my health, but also for the rest of the season. I’ll take some rest now, then I will start preparing myself for the rest of the season.”