Cycling: Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France

BMC Racing Team rider Richie Porte (centre) receiving medical assistance after crashing with Lotto Soudal rider Jens Keukeleire of Belgium in the 9th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France on July 15, 2018
BMC Racing Team rider Richie Porte (centre) receiving medical assistance after crashing with Lotto Soudal rider Jens Keukeleire of Belgium in the 9th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France on July 15, 2018PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Australia's Richie Porte receiving medical assistance after falling during the 181.5 km ninth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 9, 2017 between Nantua and Chambery.
Australia's Richie Porte receiving medical assistance after falling during the 181.5 km ninth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 9, 2017 between Nantua and Chambery. PHOTO: AFP

ROUBAIX (REUTERS) - Australian Richie Porte has pulled out of the Tour de France after damaging his shoulder in a crash 10km into the ninth stage, a 156.5km ride from Arras on Sunday (July 15).

The BMC Racing rider, who also crashed out of the Tour last year, was one of the main contenders to finish on the podium in Paris.

Porte finished fifth overall in 2016.

He was sitting 10th in this year's race, 57 seconds behind yellow jersey holder Greg van Avermaet of Belgium.