‘The crashes are pretty indiscriminate’: Richie Porte avoids losses after hitting his head in crash at Tour de France

The Trek-Segafredo rider was due to be checked for concussion after fall on the sprint day

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Richie Porte was able to remain calm under pressure and avoided losses after hitting his head in a fall at the Tour de France.

The Australian went down in a high-speed crash around 30km from the finish of stage 11 that left a small group of riders chasing the bunch, with Porte’s Trek-Segafredo team suffering the worst casualties.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.