Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Richie Porte abandons Tour de France after crash on stage eight

Richie Porte abandons Tour de France after crash on stage eight

Gaviria was boxed in by Greipel in the final 200 metres and the Colombian appeared to headbutt his rival´s lower back in retaliation.

However, both Gaviria and Greipel were later disqualified.

No Australian has won the Tour de France since Cadel Evans in 2011.

"I talked to everyone", Sagan said when asked how he passed the time after finishing third in the mass sprint which, with its uphill finish, suited him.

"I didn't have the legs to be first or second, and third is better than fourth", Sagan said.

"It was a good day, no incident, I'm glad I still have the yellow jersey ahead of tomorrow's stage", said Van Avermaet, who leads Briton Geraint Thomas by seven seconds.

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Frenchman Warren Barguil, a former team mate of Degenkolb's who was also in the 2016 accident in Spain, said: "Everybody was saying he was finished, I'm so happy for him".

But after losing his second teammate within the space of a week, Bardet knows his chances of keeping pace with Froome and his Welsh teammate Geraint Thomas over the coming days will be fully tested.

Sunday's Stage 9 will take riders over 15 cobbled paths scattered along 21.7 kilometers of the 156.5-kilometer course from Arras to Roubaix, near the Belgian border.

He was sitting 10th in this year's race, 57 seconds behind yellow jersey holder Greg van Avermaet of Belgium. "We will try to keep Richie with me, but if I have to follow another rider or attack, the other six guys will take care of Richie".

Among the big names to hit the deck were defending champion Chris Froome, who came home in the first chase group, together with Thomas, as well as last year's runner-up, Rigoberto Uran of EF Education First-Drapac, who lost more than a minute on his rivals.

That challenge will be followed by a rest day on Monday before the race shifts to its first mountain stages in the Alps.

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