Uran sprints to dramatic win after Porte and Thomas crash out

Uran got the verdict in a photo finish to what was an action-packed Sunday, denying Warren Barguil a stage win in his homeland by the narrowest of margins in Chambery.

On the descent on the Col de la Biche, the first of three hors categorie climbs on the stage, the French team laid devastation on the Tour, with Geraint Thomas crashing out of the race after suffering a suspected broken collarbone as Team Sky looked to reel in the attack.

Pre-race favourite Richie Porte of Australia has suffered a heavy crash in a descent during the ninth stage of the Tour de France.

The Australian went slightly off the narrow road and crashed across the surface into a rock on the other side of the road, taking out Dan Martin in the process. "Richie will be taken to hospital for examination", BMC Racing Team wrote on Twitter.

However, organisers said he was conscious and speaking but was being taken to hospital. Briton Froome's four bonus seconds on the line helped him increase his lead to 18sec over Italian Fabio Aru, who moved up a place to second with Thomas having quit the race.

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Three riders from the day's break - Movistar's Jesus Herrada plus Alexey Lutsenko and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev of Astana - had crashed on the same corner as Thomas minutes before the peloton arrived.

Thomas, who had already crashed three times during this Tour, was second overall, 12 seconds behind Sky team mate Chris Froome.

Froome had his rivals - including Porte - to thank as the group neutralised Aru's attack while he was changing his bike on the lung-busting ascent to the Mont du Chat.

Overall, Froome leads Aru by 18 seconds and Romain Bardet by 51 as two-times victor Alberto Contador of Spain cracked on the last climb and dropped out of contention. Two-time victor Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) cracked on the last climb and dropped out of contention.

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