Geraint Thomas out of Tour de France with suspected broken collarbone

Team Sky rider and yellow jersey Chris Froome of Britain in action Sunday July 9 in the Tour de France. REUTERS  Benoit Tessier

" Richie was quite instrumental in slowing the group down and saying, basically "guys, this is not the moment to attack the leader of the race when he's got a mechanical".

Thomas's departure from the 2017 Tour de France will be a big blow to defending champion Chris Froome, who would have benefited from his teammate's strength in the mountains - both later on Stage 9 and also much later in the race.

Martin remounted but was involved in another crash shortly afterwards, while Porte, widely regarded as the biggest threat to Froome's title defence, received treatment for nearly half an hour at the roadside before being taken away in an ambulance.

He lay motionless on the road for some time, being attended to by medics before being taken to hospital, although organisers said he was conscious and speaking.

It was a first career Tour stage win for Uran but, as was befitting of such a day, even that did not come without hardship as the former Team Sky man suffered a mechanical in the final 15 kilometres.

Uran, who has never finished higher than 23rd in the Tour, climbed to fourth in the general classification, 51 seconds behind Bardet.

"There will be other great battles to fight in the Pyrenees and the Alps", Bardet said.

Briton Froome of Team Sky retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

Uran is fourth, 55 seconds off the pace while Astana look set to work as a double act from now on as Dane Fuglsang is fifth, 1:37 behind Froome. He is now eighth overall, a massive 2:13 off the pace.

Richie Porte's Tour De France was brought to a crashing end, Dan Martin's could easily have gone with it. He is now sixth overall, 1:44 behind Froome.

Quick-Step Floors rider Martin got back on his bike after he took a new wheel from a neutral support vehicle.

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