Richie Porte crashes out on opening day of Paris-Nice

SAINTCYRLECOLE FRANCE MARCH 07 Richie Porte of Australia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 79th Paris Nice 2021 Stage 1 a 166km stage from SaintCyrlEcole to SaintCyrlEcole Injury Abandon ParisNice on March 07 2021 in SaintCyrlEcole France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Richie Porte of Ineos-Grenadiers crashed at beginning of climb with about 29km to go on stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Richie Porte will head home to his European base in Monaco to heal up after crashing out of the opening stage of Paris-Nice with Ineos Grenadiers announcing that X-rays and checks had confirmed that the Australian did not suffer any fractures in his lower back or pelvis area.

Porte crashed with 29km of the sprit stage left to race after a loose bidon caused chaos. Connor Swift (Arkéa-Samsic) and Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-PremierTech) also went down but Porte was clearly in pain and was attended by the race doctor. 

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).