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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
With a rear derailleur stuck in the 11-tooth sprocket for the final 20 kilometres due to a bent derailleur hanger, Colombian Rigoberto Uran of Cannondale-Drapac won a chaotic Stage 9 of the Tour de France from a select group of GC contenders. Uran’s stage win from a six-man sprint, in a photo finish against Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) was but one of many storylines on a day that saw several marquee riders on the ground, including Richie Porte, Dan Martin, Alberto Contador, Geraint Thomas, Robert Gesink, and Rafal Majka — with Porte, Thomas and Gesink all out of the race due to injuries.
“I wasn’t sure if I had won or not,” Uran said. “When I was told I did, I felt a lot of happiness. It was a big occasion for me after so many things happened today like the crash of Richie Porte. Then my derailleur was out of order. I managed to save myself and contest the stage victory. It’s a surprise. I’m very happy to have won this complicated stage. It’s also positive for the general classification. It’s a great day for my team.”
Race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) withstood a mechanical issue, several attacks, spending the final 30km isolated without teammates, and the hectic descent of Mont du Chat to finish third on the stage and defend his yellow jersey.
“I have mixed feelings,” Froome said. “I am happy to be in jersey. That was a crazy stage. I’ve just seen images of Richie Porte’s crash, and it gives me a horrible feeling. I really hope he is alright, and has a speedy recovery. Also Geraint Thomas is out of the race with a broken collarbone, so yes I have mixed feelings about today. The rest of my team was fantastic, the guys did a massive job, to control that kind of race today was no easy task.”
Adding to the drama of the day, eight riders missed the time cut, including stage winner and green jersey contender Arnaud Démare and three of his FDJ teammates, as well as Matteo Trentin, one of the key men in Marcel Kittel’s Quick-Step Floors leadout train.
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