Richie Porte sore and disappointed after Tour de France crash
Jul 10 2017 09:56 pm CET

Richie Porte sore and disappointed after Tour de France crash
Richie Porte sore and disappointed after Tour de France crash
Photo of Richie Porte by the A.S.O.

Richie Porte (BMC) suffered one of the most important crashes of the ninth stage and the entire 2017 Tour de France. The next day he feels the physical pain and the disappointment.

"Obviously I've felt much better than what I do right now. I'm in a fair bit of pain and it's a big disappointment to be honest," said the rider from the hospital. "I think I was in great form and the team were really strong around me too, so it's disappointing."

The Australian also acknowledges that the result of the accident could have been worse. "But I think after seeing the crash I'm lucky that I have come away with the injuries I have."

The rider remembers everything that happened as he was conscious the entire time. "I remember I came into a corner and it wasn't like we were going too fast or anything like that, but I just remember I locked the back wheel up and that was it really. Next thing I was heading for the grass verge on the corner. I stayed conscious the whole time. I remember the whole thing.

"I must say thank you to the medical staff from the race and also in the hospital, they've been absolutely fantastic."

The rider will now face the recovery but he does not have a time limit for that. "I don't think that I'm going to be back on my bike for a good while. It's all about recovering. There is not rush to go back and hopefully I will put on the BMC jersey by the end of the year," he commented.

Porte has also been reading the support he has been getting from the public on social media. "In social media you see the good and the bad but now is overwhelmingly good. People are so supportive, and they really do care. I can't say thank you enough to all those people and it means the world to me. So, thank you very much."




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