Sport Porte says Tour crash was hard to take

02:50  07 august  2018
02:50  07 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Yves Lampaert of Quick-Step finished third. “It was a pretty hectic day,” Van Avermaet said after the dust settled. Thomas added: “It was just hard all day from kilometer zero. Porte also crashed out of last year’s Tour in the ninth stage, on a mountain descent.

Tour de France favorite Richie Porte crashed hard on the final descent of Stage 9 on Sunday, sliding across the road and taking out fellow general classification contender Dan Martin.

Richie Porte of Australia and BMC Racing Team after crashing out.© Chris Graythen/Getty Images Richie Porte of Australia and BMC Racing Team after crashing out. Richie Porte has lamented last month's race-ending Tour de France crash as possibly the biggest blow to his stellar cycling career.

The Australian star is now focused on riding the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) later this month and building his form towards a tilt at next month's world road race championship.

At 33, Porte is also conscious that time is running out for him as a contender in the three-week Grand Tours - the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta - but he remains optimistic.

Porte suffered a busted collarbone when he crashed early in stage nine of last month's Tour.

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Australia’s Richie Porte is taken to hospital on a stretcher after crashing on the ninth stage of the Tour de France. He was one of 11 riders to fall on the day. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP.

Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas out of Tour de France after crashes . The Porte crash was a bit gruesome, frankly. He was apparently going at 72.5km/h when he came off his bike. Dan Martin took a new bike but has apparently gone down again a little further on!

He had enjoyed strong pre-race form and once again was one of the title favourites.

It is his third major race crash in as many years, having also suffered a shoulder injury near the end of the Rio Olympics road race and then surviving his horrifying high-speed accident in stage nine of last year's Tour de France.

While Porte's collarbone fracture is minor compared to last year's wounds, this one has hurt his morale more.

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Richie Porte is treated by Tour doctors after crashing on stage nine Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images. “To be honest with you, it still hurts me that I took Dan Martin down with me, he was having a blinder of a Tour and got fractured vertebrae, and he’s a guy I respect so that hurts,” Porte said .

Urán wins, Froome keeps yellow but Porte and Thomas crash out: Tour de France stage nine – as it happened. Read more. “I don’t think anyone wanted to take risks there, but it was so slippery under the trees,” said Martin. “Richie locked up his back wheel, went straight into the grass, just wiped out

"The disappointment from a professional point of view was absolutely terrible," he said.

"I was in a pretty dark place for quite a while after and it's still a hard one to take.

"It's probably the hardest, most disappointing one for me to take so far in my career."

Porte has been back on the bike for 10 days and his first step is the Vuelta, from August 25.

Injuries have meant he has not finished a grand tour in two years and that is his initial goal.

But the worlds at the end of next month in Austria feature hilly terrain that is tailor-made for Porte.

Two days after he crashed out of the Tour, Australian cycling team coordinator Brad McGee was in touch to discuss the world championships.

"It was good for me to have that little bit of motivation in the back of my mind," he said.

"It's a great silver lining - go to the Vuelta and prepare for a once-in-a careerworlds.

"They don't come around like this too often."

Porte also remains upbeat about returning to the Tour de France next year, noting Cadel Evans was 34 when he won the 2011 title.

"Definitely that window of opportunity is closing - I have a proper good go at it next year," he said.

Porte still cannot comment on speculation that he is about to switch teams, from BMC to Trek-Segafredo.

He is also unsure whether he will start next year racing in Australia.

Adelaide's Tour Down Under is his favourite race and he has won the decisive Willunga stage for the last five years.

In a major change to the race schedule, the Willunga stage will end next January's 21st edition.

"Big hats off to them for doing that," he added.

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