On a tough technical descent on Mont du Chat, Richie Porte slipped off the road crashed out of the Tour de France on stage 9, made more treacherous by intermittent rain.
The Australian BMC rider remains in hospital in Chambery after fracturing his clavicle and pelvis in the incident. As Porte tumbled across the road, Dan Martin (Quick-Step) was unable to stop in time as he came round the corner and also went down. However, the Irishman was able to remount and complete the stage.
Porte was part of the yellow jersey group over the top of the day’s final climb, but he crashed heavily on a left-hand bend on the descent.
“Obviously, I’ve felt much better than what I do right now. I’m in a fair bit of pain and it’s a big disappointment to be honest,” Porte said from hospital in an audio file distributed by his BMC team.
“I think I was in great form and the team were really strong around me too, so it’s disappointing but I think after seeing the crash I’m lucky that I have come away with the injuries I have.”
For his part, Porte felt that he had not taken any undue risks on the way down Mont du Chat.
“I remember I came into a corner and it wasn’t like we were going too fast or anything like that, but I just remember I locked the back wheel up and that was it really,” Porte said.
“Next thing I was heading for the grass verge on the corner. I stayed conscious the whole time. I remember the whole thing but I must say thank you to the medical staff on the race and the hospital. They have been absolutely fantastic.”
For the mean time, BMC’s team doctor have suggested that Porte could be back in competitive action as soon as next month, but Porte will take his time to recover and is in no hurry to return before the end of the season.
Source: Cycling News