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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
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) is out of the 2017 Tour de France after a frightening, high-speed crash on the final descent of stage 9. Porte was in an elite group of seven riders that was chasing lone leader Warren Barguil (Sunweb) on the descent off the Mont du Chat. With roughly 20km remaining in the stage Porte missed a tight left-hand corner, crashing heavily before sliding across the road into a wall.
Porte remained on the road for several minutes while medical staff applied a neck brace and stretchered the Tasmanian to a waiting ambulance. Porte was taken to hospital for X-rays which later revealed that Porte had fractured his collarbone and pelvis in the crash.
“X-rays confirmed a non-displaced right clavicle fracture and a non-displaced right acetabulum fracture,” said BMC’s chief medical officer Dr. Max Testa. “Richie also suffered extensive superficial abrasions involving the right side of his body. At this stage, the injuries will not require surgery. The plan is to re-evaluate Richie tomorrow morning and confirm that he is stable enough to be transferred home.”
Race doctor, Dr Florence Pommerie, told CyclingTips after the stage that Porte was conscious when she attended to him immediately after the incident. “The first examination, the first check on the road, was almost good,” Pommerie said. “He was very well conscious, oriented [ed. not disoriented] … [the injuries] were less impressive than we imagined. I just asked some questions to know he was not disoriented. His age, his name, what happened. He was speaking very well, normally. He asked something about his glasses — very expensive — but I didn’t find the glasses anyway. He was afraid, I think, to move anything. But he was speaking. He just wanted to know if there was something … a fracture or something. He didn’t want to move because he was afraid. But … he said, ‘I’m okay. I think I am okay.’”
The 32-year-old is expected to spend a minimum of four weeks off the bike.
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