Geraint Thomas out of Tour de France after crash on stage nine

Geraint Thomas out of Tour de France after crash on stage nine

"Richie will be taken to hospital for examination", BMC Racing Team wrote on Twitter.

Porte was taken to hospital in a neck brace after suffering concussion and multiple cuts.

Tour de France doctor Florence said Porte had spoken after the fall but that the extent of his injuries would not be known until after X-rays.

Three riders from the day's break - Movistar's Jesus Herrada plus Alexey Lutsenko and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev of Astana - had crashed on the same corner as Thomas minutes before the peloton arrived.

Richie Porte climbing the Grand Colombier with the yellow jersey group prior to his crash on Sunday.

But once the result of the photo finish came in, Barguil had another reason to cry: Uran was adjudged to have won by a whisker, and instead it was the 30-year-old Colombian who was left to celebrate a first Tour stage win of his career.


He beat French rider Barguil after a photo finish. The Welshman sustained a suspected broken collarbone in a crash on the damp descent of the Col de la Biche, the first of three hors categorie climbs on a day expected to shake up the battle for the yellow jersey. "I want to thank the other riders, who did not attack".

Astana's Fabio Aru moves to second overall and was involved in one of the day's main talking points when he attacked Froome on the ascent of the Mont du Chat just as the race leader raised his arm to signal a mechanical problem.

Overall, Froome leads Aru by 18 seconds and Romain Bardet by 51 as two-times victor Alberto Contador of Spain cracked on the last climb and dropped out of contention.

Five riders in total crashed out of the race on Sunday while two-time former victor Alberto Contador was able to carry on quickly after coming down on an uphill section.

Three-times podium finisher Nairo Quintana of Colombia also struggled, losing 1:15 to Froome and his group.

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