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Rigoberto Uran wins brutal ninth stage of Tour de France

Australian Richie Porte is out of the Tour de France after he crashed heavily during a high-speed descent during the ninth stage on Sunday, fracturing his right clavicle and pelvis.Uran pipped Barguil in a photo-finish with Froome taking third.”Froome finished third, meanwhile, to put big time gaps into Quintana, who crossed 1’15” back in Martin’s group, and Contador, who lost more than four minutes.Naturally, when that happens, there’s a chance of a major crash and that’s just what happened to Yellow Jersey contenders Dan Martin and Richie Porte on the final mountain descent of the day off the Mont du Chat about 23 kilometers/14 miles from the finish. Medics treated Porte and took him by ambulance to a hospital.Froome will be relieved to have safely completed a stage filled with hazards, but the loss of Thomas could be hugely significant with Team Sky left weakened.Froome suffered a mechanical problem on the way up the Mont du Chat, the last of three hors categorie climbs on the day, and as the three-time Tour victor was calling for the team vehicle Aru attacked in a clear breach of cycling’s protocol.While Porte quickly received medical attention on the track, Martin was able to dust himself down and continued racing.”That’s the way it is, I’m really disappointed, I really thought I’d overtaken him”, said the Frenchman.It’s also positive for the general classification.”Then I heard on the radio that Froome had stopped”, Aru said.Martin dropped from fourth to sixth overall, one minute 44 seconds down, 18 seconds ahead of Bury-born Yates who retains the white jersey as the best young rider.”But having said that, I certainly wouldnt willingly give it up to any of my rivals”. We’ve won three stages.I’m happy to still be in the jersey but at the same time that was a insane stage. He held a 25-second gap as the yellow jersey group rode fast to the site of Porte’s race-changing crash.After winning the Tour’s opening time trial and leading the race for four days, Thomas has already fallen three times in this year’s Tour, on stage two, four and again on stage eight and has at least six bad falls in his career.