Chris Froome, other stars crash on Tour de France cobblestones stage

Hope Soto
July 19, 2018

And so it proved as a number of the Tour's big names suffered falls, with BMC's Richie Porte abandoning the race after crashing 10km in, the general classification contender appearing to damage his collarbone.

Dylan Groenewegen won a second consecutive stage at the Tour de France when he sprinted to the finish on Saturday, and Greg Van Avermaet kept the overall lead for a fifth consecutive day.

Dan Martin celebrates winning Stage 6 at the Tour de France.

Richie Porte, the BMC team leader and overall contender, crashed 10 kilometers into the race and abandoned with an apparent right shoulder injury.

Aside from the bruises the bigger concern for Martin on stage eight was a loss of 76 seconds which saw him slip to 24th overall, three minutes 22 seconds off yellow and nearly two minutes down on the likes of Froome and several other overall contenders.

Digging deep within himself Bardet however somehow made it back to the Froome group shortly before the finish line after a huge effort that saw the French hope gasping for breath.

Mikel Landa also lost seven seconds, having crashed while trying to take a drink from his bottle before being paced back by his Movistar squad as their other leaders, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, finished safely in the main bunch. "I followed Sagan, but following him is pretty sketchy - he bashes everyone else out the way so you do get a clear run following him".

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The incident almost saw Degenkolb, the 2015 victor of Paris-Roubaix, lose a finger.

While the Dutchman followed up Friday's success in Chartres with a Bastille Day victory in Amiens on stage eight, Cavendish could enjoy a respite from questions over his form as there was little he could have done differently this time.

"I'm relieved to get through today and looking forward to getting into the mountains now where the real race for GC (general classification) will start", Froome said.

Degenkolb took the win by holding off Van Avermaet and Quick-Step Floors' Yves Lampaert in a sprint to the line after they had broken off the front of the peloton with 20km to go.

Jul 15 2018 04:31 pm CET John Degenkolb of Trek-Segafredo confirmed that he is far from done with a brilliant victory at the much anticipated Tour de France stage to Roubaix.

The riders now face a long transfer to Annecy, but have Monday's rest day to recover before the race moves into the Alps and the battle for overall victory hots up.

It was a fraught day for all the favourites, but most will know it could have been worse.

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