Tour de France: Dan Martin loses ground after two falls

Tour de France: Dan Martin loses ground after two falls

Tour de France: Dan Martin loses ground after two falls

Rigoberto Uran of Cannondale has won a hugely dramatic Stage 9 of the Tour de France in Chambery on a day when second-placed Geraint Thomas of Team Sky and one of the big favourites for the overall win, BMC Racing's Richie Porte, both crashed out.

It meant it was a bitter-sweet day for Froome who, despite increasing his lead and seeing several top rivals lose time, lost his chief Team Sky lieutenant Thomas and good friend Porte.

Overall, Froome leads Aru by 18 seconds and Bardet by 51.

However, organisers said he was conscious and speaking but was being taken to hospital.

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.

Long identified as one of the key days of this year's race, the stage through the Jura mountains, which had there Hors-Categorie climbs, was marred by a number of crashes, with Thomas and Porte the two highest profile victims.

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Bardet, riding on familiar roads - his AG2R-La Mondiale team is based here - attacked on the final descent and got clear.

The Australian went slightly off the narrow road and crashed across the surface into a rock on the other side of the road, taking out Dan Martin in the process.

It was Thomas's fourth crash of the Tour, having also gone down on the second, fourth and eighth stages.

Fuglsang, the recent victor of the Criterium du Dauphine, led out the final sprint before Uran - no longer hampered by that gearing issue - powered past.

Monday is a rest day for the riders. The Sunweb sprinter was part of the Sunday's large break and battled back after the HC duo of the Col de la Biche and Grand Colombier to win the intermediate sprint and move within 52 points of the Quick-Step Floors rider.

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