Bling does his thing to move up to second in points competition on a day to forget for the Aussies.

 

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) did his best Peter Sagan impression on Stage 9 of this year's Tour to move up to second in the green jersey competition.

Matthews implanted himself in the 40-strong breakaway and stayed in contention to take the intermediate sprint and 20 points in the green jersey competition. Matthews' efforts, coupled with Arnaud Demare's retirement, puts him into second in the points competition, 52 points behind Marcel Kittel.

With more lumpy stages to come, Matthews stands a reasonable chance of claiming green - if he can stay in contact on the flat sprint stages too.

Monday 10 Jul 2017

The biggest Aussie casualty of the day was GC favourite Richie Porte, who retired from the race with a fractured collarbone and pelvis after a sickening crash on the technical descent of the Mont du Chat. Porte is expected to spend several weeks off the bike as he recovers from the crash. Full coverage below.

Porte's broken bones a big blow to BMC
Richie Porte has abandoned the Tour de France leaving his devastated team to wonder what may have been.
Porte's crash shocks the Tour
As Richie Porte crashed on Stage 9 of the Tour de France, Australia reacted with a complex mix of shock, sadness and concern. The Tasmanian who had been the beacon of hope for a nation lay prostrate on the side of the road as the Tour de France rode away from him.

Richie Porte wasn't the only Aussie to retire from the race on Stage 9: Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) didn't make the time cut and was eliminated from the race.

This year's race is turning into a Tour to forget for the South African team, with chief sprinter Mark Cavendish already having retired from injuries sustained in a crash with Peter Sagan on Stage 4. Stage victory hopes will now be pinned on opportunists Edvald Boassen Hagen and Steve Cummings.

Today's retirements now leaves six Aussies in the Tour: Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac), Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), Mathew Hayman (Orica-Scott), Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) and Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal). All six finished safely in the bunch.

Find out what the Cannondale-Drapac boys think of Aussie climber Simon Clarke.