Tour de France 2017: stage 10 – live!

In the aftermath of Richie Porte’s horror crash on Sunday, Kieran Pender wrote a piece for Guardian Australia that was critical of race organisers. Here’s a snippet:

Questions must be asked of race organisers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) for including a treacherous final descent after one of the toughest climbing stages in recent Tour history. Rather than settling for a typical summit finale, ASO opted for the stage’s fourth technical descent and a finish in Chambéry. Porte was one of 11 riders to fall during the day, with Froome’s lieutenant Geraint Thomas also suffering a race-ending shoulder injury. Martin, who completed the stage despite crashing into Porte, offered guarded criticism of ASO afterwards. “I guess the organisers got what they wanted,” said the Quick-Step Floors rider. Cycling is an inherently dangerous sport, but this was just gratuitous.

Related: Richie Porte's horror crash prompts questions of Tour de France organisers | Kieran Pender

There are 114km to go and the peloton is showing absolutely no interest in closing the gap yet. It’s only 5min 30sec so why should they? They’re cycling on cruise control and there are so many lovely chateaus to see and scenes of local historical importance to drink in. We will have a mini-descent shortly though, so that may wake the main pack up a bit.

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