Froome survives chaotic day to retain Tour de France lead

Froome survives chaotic day to retain Tour de France lead

Champion Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey after finishing the stage third, behind Frenchman Warren Barguil who missed out on victory in a photo-finish.

'He was conscious, it's reassuring, he is being transferred to the hospital, ' race doctor Florence Pommery said.

COLOMBIAN Rigoberto Uran of Cannondale-Drapac won a drama-filled ninth stage of the Tour de France, a 181.5-kilometer trek from Nantua to Chambery, yesterday.

He was already without team mate Geraint Thomas, who abandoned after crashing in the slippery descent of the Col de la Biche, one of three out-of-category ascents of the day.

Porte was given immediate medical assistance by an ambulance and some minutes later hadn't moved. "He was asking for his helmet and his glasses".

Overall, Froome leads Fabio Aru of Italy by 18 seconds and Romain Bardet of France by 51 seconds.




Froome's other rivals followed the Italian, seemingly in order to remonstrate with him and tell him to wait.

" Richie was quite instrumental in slowing the group down and saying, basically "guys, this is not the moment to attack the leader of the race when he's got a mechanical".

Thomas started Sunday's epic stage second overall, but that changed in an instant.

Second-placed Thomas, a key figure in Froome's quest for a fourth title, exited the race when he suffered a suspected broken collar bone in a crash halfway through the stage. "Job done!" Like Quintana he came home 1min 15sec behind Uran and now sits sixth at 1:44, with Quintana remaining eighth but now out to 2:13 behind Froome. It was a big occasion for me after so many things happened today like the crash of Richie Porte.

It was a first career Tour stage win for Uran but, as was befitting of such a day, even that did not come without hardship as the former Team Sky man suffered a mechanical in the final 15 kilometres.

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