Richie Porte critical of Tour de France for his crash taking out Dan Martin

Posted on: January 13th, 2018

Richie Porte Tour de France crash 2017

Richie Porte Tour de France crash 2017: Porte explains how he brought down Dan Martin on stage 8 of Tour de France 2017. He wondered if the race organisers had sons in the race would it have been as unsafe.


Richie Porte critical of Tour de France for 2017 crash


Richie Porte has questioned whether the Tour de France should have been taken down the climb where he crashed last year.

Porte came down on stage 8, taking Dan Martin with him. The Irish rider lost time on the day. And he struggled with a back injury for the rest of the race.

After the Tour was over Martin was diagnosed with broken vertebrae. And many wondered how much better he would have done but for the injury.

In the end Dan Martin finished 6th in Paris. And now Porte said his crash causing Martin to fall and sustain injury still hurt him.

“To be honest with you, it still hurts me that I took Dan Martin down with me,” he said.

“He was having a blinder of a Tour and got fractured vertebrae. And he’s a guy I respect so that hurts.”

The Irishman came down when Richie Porte (BMC Racing) went off road and fell in front of him.

They were descending the Pont du Chat final climb of the day at the time of the stage 8 crash. Both were in the select group with only Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) leading solo just ahead.

After the crash Martin said he believed the choice of route was a poor one. He implied the Tour de France organisers put spectacle over safety.

“It’s so slippery and I guess the organisers got what they wanted,” he said speaking to reporters on the day.

And now in an interview with the Australia media, Porte has echoed those views, in even stronger terms.

“I wouldn’t say I’m a risk- taker. I prefer to go uphill and being a fan of the sport I’d rather see a race finish on top of a mountain,” he said.

“It’s a part of cycling, a spectacle. But if the race organisers had a son or a daughter in it would they be happy to send them down a descent like that? Maybe not.

“They’re making Grand Tours harder and more dangerous. And at the end of the day I’ve still got my wife at home, my mum and dad and brothers at home in Tassie, not knowing what the hell had happened.”

He also said he had an issue with his bike just before the crash.

“On the day of the crash I had a bit of a problem with my bike. But I’m a professional cyclist and I know my bike and my capabilities.

“I remember touching the brake before the camera picked me up so the rear of the bike had already locked up.

“And when the camera got to me it looked like I was on a bad line. But it’s not how it was. I remember the split second decision; there was a wall there or hit the little grass verge.

“I had time to let go of the brakes to let the bike try to correct itself. But as soon as I touched them again to get around the corner the same thing happened.”