Degenkolb wins chaotic Tour stage over the cobbles

Yolanda Curtis
July 16, 2018

But there was drama in behind, with Richie Porte forced to abandon the race after an early fall, and four-time victor Chris Froome, Mikel Landa and Rigoberto Uran also hitting the deck. We had a great first week and I'm so disappointed that I won't be continuing to Paris.

"Obviously I'm devastated", said Porte.

This time, isolated from his team mates, it appeared impossible for him to get back to the group containing Froome - although as it turned out, he managed to limit his losses to a handful of seconds.

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The disappointing crash occurred during the 156.5km stage from Arras Citadelle to Roubaix which is known for its cobblestone sections which result in mass crashes.

He was sitting 10th in this year's race, 57 seconds behind yellow jersey holder Greg van Avermaet of Belgium.

BMC confirmed that Porte has been taken to hospital for X-rays.

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"It was just a bad-luck day".

Van Avermaet expertly navigated the cobbles to finish second behind stage victor John Degenkolb and increased his lead over Froome's Sky teammate Geraint Thomas in the overall standing to 43 seconds.

The trio had broken clear with a little under 20km to go, and second place was enough for Van Avermaet to extend his lead in yellow to 43 seconds over Thomas, going into Monday's rest day. "It is a big disappointment for the team that we lost Richie as soon as the race started". "Once again, we will try to keep looking forward to the end of the Tour and try to take some stages if it's possible as the GC and podium is gone".

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