Tour de France under scrutiny after 70kph crash on 'crazy' stage

    Pre-race favorite Richie Porte will play no further part in the 104th Tour de France after a serious crash on stage nine.

    Story highlights

    • Thomas & Porte out of Tour de France
    • Rigoberto Uran wins stage nine
    • Froome retains yellow jersey

    (CNN)From the lakeside town of Nantua to the city of Chambéry, collarbones were fractured, kneecaps were dislocated and lungs were punctured.

    It's supposed to be a bike race, but by the end of Sunday, stage nine of the 104th Tour de France felt more like an episode of a TV hospital drama.
      After 181.5 kilometers, three hors categorie climbs and no shortage of devilishly difficult descents, 11 riders were left by wayside -- five through serious injury.
        Chief among them were Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and overall contender Richie Porte, prompting commentators to brand it one of the most formidable climbing stages in recent history, and one rider to suggest "organizers got what they wanted."