Richie Porte abandons 2018 Tour de France after stage nine crash

The BMC rider crashed in the first 10 kilometres

Porte abandons the Tour de France after stage nine crash (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) has abandoned the 2018 Tour de France following a crash in the opening kilometres of stage nine.

Porte, who entered the race in good form following a win at the Tour de Suisse in June, crashed in the first 10 kilometres of the race, before reaching the Paris-Roubaix cobbles which are expected to prove pivotal to the general classification standings.

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