Sickening crash ends Porte's Tour hopes

Sickening crash ends Porte's Tour hopes

Sickening crash ends Porte's Tour hopes

"I want to thank the other riders, who did not attack", he added, saying he did not see Aru attacking past him as he raised his arm to ask for assistance.

Barguil, with Fuglsang the last survivor of the day's break, initially appeared to have been awarded the win until the photo finish made clear that Uran had just pipped him to the line.

Martin crashed in to the back of Richie Porte after the Australian went off the road into a wall of rocks on the final descent to the stage finish at Chambery.

"Devastating images of @richie_porte coming from the road after a nasty crash. Richie will be taken to hospital for examination", BMC Racing Team wrote on Twitter.

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Geraint Thomas has been forced to abandon the Tour de France following a crash on stage nine, Team Sky have announced.

Thomas fell four times in this Tour de France, on stages two, four, eight and nine.

It's a bitter disappointment for Thomas, who was hoping to help lead teammate Chris Froome to what everyone hopes is a fourth Tour de France title.

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.

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The Spanish veteran cracked on the final of seven categorised climbs and lost several minutes by the finish.

While Quintana fought back to limit his losses alongside the likes of Martin and British youngster Simon Yates - the white jersey from Orica-Scott - Contador struggled en route to finishing more than four minutes down on Froome.

"I managed to catch the group in front of me after I crashed the second time - I was flying down the mountain", he said with a smile.

"I just had a bit of a wobble on a switchback", he said.

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