Richie Porte is out of the Tour de France after another crash in the same stage as last year

Tim de Waele/Getty ImagesRichie Porte of Australia and BMC Racing Team.

Richie Porte’s Tour de France is over for the second year in a row following a crash in stage nine overnight.

The Australian withdrew after suffering a fractured collarbone just 10km into the 156.5-km stretch from Arras to Roubaix in northern France.

Once again a race favourite, Porte was in 10th place overall, 57 seconds behind his Belgian teammate and race leader Greg van Avermaet, when the pile up occurred.

Last year he crashed at high speed in the same stage on a narrow and winding downhill run, and subsequently withdrew after being in 5th place overall.

Porte was taken to hospital where doctors diagnosed “a non-displaced right clavicle fracture”.

BMC Racing Team chief medical officer Dr Max Testa said it looked like a “quite common” cycling injury and “straightforward”, but Porte will be out action for up to a month before he starts training again before “potentially racing in six to eight weeks”.

Porte said he was devastated to be out of the race again after “a great first week”.

“I was on the ground before I knew it and straight away felt pain in my right shoulder,” he said.

His BMC teammate Greg Van Avermaet is currently wearing the yellow jersey and finished the ninth stage in second place. He currently holds a 43 second lead over Sky’s Geraint Thomas.

Fellow Australian Michael Matthews of Sunweb, the 2017 green jersey winner, pulled out of the race on stage five due to illness.

The stage 9 track, cobbled in parts, caused problems for several riders with a number of crashes, including one by former race winner Chris Froome, who tweeted his own sympathies for his rival.

If he returns next year, Porte will be 34, the same age as Cadel Evans when he won the race in 2011.

Germany’s John Degenkolb won today’s stage in a remarkable return to elite cycling following an horrific head-on collision with a car in January 2016 during a training camp in Spain.

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