Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 11, 2017

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

Porte on Tour-ending crash: ‘I’m lucky I’ve come away with the injuries I have’

by Matt de Neef

A day after crashing out of the Tour de France in spectacular fashion, Richie Porte (BMC) has provided an update on his condition.

“Obviously I’ve felt much better than what I do right now,” the 32-year-old Australian said from his hospital bed in Chambéry. “I’m in a fair bit of pain and it’s a big disappointment to be honest. I think I was in great form and the team were really strong around me so it’s disappointing. I remember I came into the corner … it wasn’t like we were going too fast or anything like that, but I just remember I locked the back wheel up and that was it. Next thing I was heading for the grass verge on the corner.

“I think after seeing the crash I’m lucky also that I walked away … that I’ve come away with the injuries that I have.”

Initial reports suggested Porte would be off his bike for four to six weeks, but the Tasmanian seemed to suggest it might take longer than that.

“I don’t think I’ll be back on my bike for a good while,” Porte said. “The team’s good with that, they’ve said ‘Just recover, there’s no rush to come back’. Hopefully I’ll pull the BMC jersey on by the end of the year.”

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