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Uran takes Tour stage honours as Porte crashes

10 July 2017

The Welsh rider, who took the overall lead after last week's opening time trial in Dusseldorf, had been second overall at the start of the stage, 12 seconds behind team leader Chris Froome.

Dan Martin crashed twice on an action-packed ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as he slipped back to sixth place on general classification.

He lay motionless on the road for some time, being attended to by medics before being taken to hospital, although organisers said he was conscious and speaking.

Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Astana duo Aru and Jakob Fuglsang completed the top six before a chasing group including Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) came home one minute 15 seconds down.

The Col de la Biche was the first of three hors categorie climbs to be tackled on a brutal day of racing through the Jura mountains.

After numerous attacks including from Aru and Porte, Froome dropped the other GC rivals, with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Aru unable to stay with the three-time Tour de France victor.

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In the confusion that followed, Bardet used his local knowledge of the roads to ride clear and catch his compatriot as the road levelled out in the run into Chambery.

Getting through Sunday's Stage 9 unscathed, arguably the toughest of this Tour's 21 stages, marked a crucial step in the three-time champion's campaign for a fourth win.

If Quintana - 2:13 down in eighth place - kept his faint hopes of a first Tour crown alive, then the same can not be said of Contador: the former double Tour champion is now more than five minutes down on Froome in the GC.

Thomas also crashed out of the Giro d'Italia in May - caused by a police motorbike - on stage nine, when he was Team Sky's race leader.

Monday is a rest day and the fight for the overall title is set to resume next Thursday with the first big Pyrenean stage.

Uran takes Tour stage honours as Porte crashes