Richie Porte abandons 2018 Tour de France after stage nine crash

Richie Porte abandons 2018 Tour de France after stage nine crash”

With almost six hours in the saddle and hardly any action until the finale, there was plenty of time to relax and fool around during the longest stage of the Tour de France on Friday.

"The last two days have been very good with two wins".

"The team around us is such a capable group of guys, and we're really going to be coming into our element now in the mountains".

Froome is attempting to become the first man to do the Giro-Tour double since 1998 and win a fourth consecutive Grand Tour. That increased his lead over Froome's teammate Geraint Thomas in second to 7 seconds and his own BMC teammate and Tacoma native Tejay Van Garderen to 9 seconds.

But Wiggins said that team principal Sir Dave Brailsford would be "in the ears" of both riders telling them they can win the Tour.

Overall leader Greg Van Avermaet of BMC held on to the yellow jersey for a sixth day and most of the other leading contenders, including Chris Froome, Romain Bardet, Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte came home safely in the peloton.

Frenchman Warren Barguil, a former team mate of Degenkolb's who was also in the 2016 accident in Spain, said: "Everybody was saying he was finished, I'm so happy for him".

"He is quite self-serving".

He insists the Team Sky 2018 tactics are right.

"For us, it's fantastic to have different cards to play".

"If you look at all the general classification riders, Geraint is right up there", he said. It's for other teams to attack us now. It comes before the three-week race faces one of its most hard legs when it hits the tricky and occasionally treacherous cobblestones.

Monday's first rest day, after an 800-km transfer by plane to the Alps, will be much appreciated by the riders, who crossed the line in Roubaix, their faces covered by a mixture of dust and sweat after three and a half hours in scorching heat.

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