Australian favourite Richie Porte has been ruled out of this years’ Tour de France. He skidded off his bike at 72.5km/h and into the path of Irishman Dan Martin leading to a horrific crash.
As he descended down Mont du Chat during stage nine, 32-year-old Porte says his back wheel locked up, causing the crash. While Martin was able to continue racing, Porte was taken away on a stretcher.
Porte, who was sitting comfortably in fifth position, has been ruled out of the Tour following confirmation of his injuries by his doctor. X-rays confirmed that he suffered a fractured clavicle and pelvis. Team doctor, Max Testa claims that his helmet saved him from severe head injuries.
Despite the injuries, Dr Testa is hopeful that Porte will be up and cycling again in 4 to 6 weeks. Porte hopes to pull on the BMC jersey by the end of the year.
Porte appears to be in good spirits, taking to Instagram to thank medical staff and fans for their support following the incident.