Richie Porte says a chest infection has ruined his chances of challenging for Tour de France glory.
Porte, the default leader of Team Sky after Chris Froome pulled out injured on day five, had been keeping pace with leader Vincenzo Nibali and was second overall after 12 stages.
Welcome to the GC, Richie. When you're gunning for the podium, you can't always get the help you want or need…
Matt Rendell spoke to Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford after Stage 9. Sir Dave is really looking forward to Stage 10, which returns to the scene of happy times for the team both in 2012 and 2013.
Brailsford also talked up his all-in-one rider Geraint Thomas. The Welshman is having a superb first week and his boss couldn't be happier with his form and what he offers to Sky.
Sky's Richie Porte spoke to Matt Rendell after Stage 8, and the Aussie claimed he's pleased with how the day went on a stage that didn't really suit his riding style.
A visibly excited Sir Dave Brailsford chatted with ITV Cycling's Ned Boulting about life after Chris Froome on the 2014 Tour. Sky have Plan B (Richie Porte for GC) but they also have Plan G (G for Geraint Thomas, who now has more freedom to ride for stage wins and also show off his improved mountain skills)…
Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France on Wednesday, leaving Team Sky to turn their focus towards a podium challenge for Richie Porte.