Froome survives chaotic day to retain Tour de France lead

Froome survives chaotic day to retain Tour de France lead

Froome stretched his advantage to 18 seconds after crossing the line in third and it is now Fabio Aru - who finished fifth in a group of six battling it out for the stage win - who is his nearest rivals in the GC standings.

Pre-race favorite Richie Porte of Australia (BMC Racing) and Froome's lieutenant Geraint Thomas crashed out.

On descent of Mont du Chat, the final hors categorie, Porte crashed and skidded across the road and into the side of the mountain wall, with Daniel Martin (Quickstep) unable to avoid crashing into him.

His team Racing BMC say he has been taken to hospital.

Overall, Froome leads Aru by 18 seconds and Romain Bardet by 51 as two-times victor Alberto Contador of Spain cracked on the last climb and dropped out of contention.

Porte was taken to hospital in a neck brace after suffering concussion and multiple cuts. He held a 25-second gap as the yellow jersey group rode fast to the site of Porte's race-changing crash.

Briton Geraint Thomas has retired from the Tour de France after an injury.

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Bardet, riding on familiar roads - his AG2R-La Mondiale team is based here - attacked on the final descent and got clear.

It was Thomas's fourth crash of the Tour, having also gone down on the second, fourth and eighth stages.

If Quintana - 2:13 down in eighth place - kept his faint hopes of a first Tour crown alive, then the same can not be said of Contador: the former double Tour champion is now more than five minutes down on Froome in the GC.

Thomas began the day second in the general classification, 12 seconds behind his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome, and his exit will come as a major blow for the three-times Tour victor.

The damage from a brutal stage took its toll: Porte and Thomas were just two of around 20 riders who crashed on the wet, narrow roads of the Jura.

Monday is a rest day and the fight for the overall title is set to resume next Thursday with the first big Pyrenean stage.