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Amy Moritz's Power Take: Crashes and controversy surround opening week of Tour de France

Controversy is usually only a curve away at the Tour de France and this year's edition has already been filled with it. And we're only a week into the race.

First, the Tour lost two of its biggest personalities when sprinters Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan were involved in a crash during the race to the finish of stage four. Cavendish went down hard, breaking his shoulder. Sagan was disqualified for dangerous riding, and while some in cycling see that as too severe while others say while it was a shame to boot him from the Tour, the penalty was necessary.

Then, during a dangerous, technical descent on Sunday's stage nine, Richie Port had a horrific crash, suffering a broken shoulder and pelvis. Port was one of the race favorites and was within a minute of leader Chris Froome. The layout of this stage drew criticism for ending with a descent instead of a typical mountain-top finish.

After nine stages, some of the top bike riders in the world have suffered devastating injuries. Froome is now the favorite to run away with the win for the third straight year. Provided, of course, he steers clear of any trouble himself.

 

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