Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Porte crashes out of Tour de France

Porte crashes out of Tour de France

Froome recovered to finish in a much-reduced peloton alongside Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas, 27 seconds behind the leaders. The pair's feud has continued since then, with Wiggins's wife Cath labelling Froome a "slithering reptile" on social media only previous year.

Wiggins believes Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford would be telling Thomas and Froome they can win the Tour in order to keep them motivated.

"For us, it's fantastic to have different cards to play". For one GC guy to cover all three is very hard so this gives us options.

BMC's Porte, among the favourites for overall victory, crashed long before the first cobbled sector, just seven kilometres into the 156.5km stage from Arras.

Porte crashes out of Tour de France
Porte crashes out of Tour de France

John Degenkolb, victor of Paris-Roubaix in 2015 and whose career was nearly ended when he was hit by a driver while training for the following season, was back to his best over the cobbles today as he won Stage 9 of the Tour de France in Roubaix.

Another strong performance came from UAE Team Emirates rider Dan Martin, battered from his crash yesterday, but who even managed to pick up a late bonus second today. I'm great. I'm right where I wanted to be coming into the race, bar losing time on the very first stage.

But the Welshman added that he and Froome had "spoken about things". Froome remained on the fence with regards to a Grand Tour that is still several weeks away, instead choosing to focus on the here and now.

"I think it's a bit early to be talking about that", said Thomas. I'm focused on getting through the next few days and then to the end of the race.

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