No shortage of drama this week, despite it ending with Froome in Yellow and Team Sky looking dominant (again). After his cracking start Geraint Thomas held the yellow jersey for a few more days but, inevitably, handed it over to teammate Froome on Stage 5.
Before that happened Stage 4 saw a finish sprint that left Mark Cavendish injured and out of the race and, controversially, Peter Sagan disqualified. The arguments on whether that was either justified or fair will go on but no-one likes to see the big personalities out of the race, even if it does open up the Green Jersey contest to some other riders.
After a couple of fairly relaxed flat stages the tension naturally got turned up when the race entered the Jura mountains. Frenchman Lillian Carmejane made a break with less than 18km to go taking the KOM over the Cote de la Combe de Laisa. With a sawtooth profile to the stage finish he had a tough time out by himself getting severe cramp at the 5km mark but got through it to take the stage.
Stage 9 was always going to be a tough day with seven categorised climbs and the potential for rain and damp roads. Geraint Thomas saw his tour come to an end when he suffered a broken collarbone in a crash on the descent from the Col de la Birche. However, it was the descent from the last climb, the Mont Du Chat, that was always expected to have the greatest risks. Descending at speed Richie Porte misjudged a corner, hit the grass on the inside, and was catapulted across the course into the wall on the other side taking out Dan Martin as he went. For such a horrific looking crash Porte's fractured hip and collarbone feel like a lucky escape but a real shame to see the ever entertaining Porte, a real GC contender, leave the race in such a way. Thankfully, Dan Martin recovered from this crash (and a second off) to finish in ninth.
As Dan Martin went down he kicked Rigoberto Uran's rear mech leaving him without functioning gears. A neutral service mechanic dropped him into top gear and he made the decision to finish the stage on a singlespeed. Amazingly Uran managed to both keep with the lead pack and take the stage in a photo finish with Warren Barguil.
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