Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: De Gendt takes victory on shortened Ventoux stage as Tour de France plummets into chaos in final kilometre; Bonifazio wins third field sprint in as many stages in Poland; Chaos at Tour de France sees yellow jersey running up the road on summit finish; Mavic neutral service mechanic recounts Froome crash; Sagan and Froome’s extraordinary Tour breakaway: ‘This is bike racing at its best’; Adam Yates: In my opinion Froome is going to win the Tour; Small’s appeal denied, US squad unchanged for Rio; Is Oleg Tinkov really quitting pro cycling?; Why won’t TV show more women’s cycling?; British cycling unsure whether new track bike will be ready for Olympics; Megan Guarnier talks about winning the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 11 on-board highlights; Who’s the most stylish rider?; Cyclist attempts to set-off speed camera

Chaos at Tour de France sees yellow jersey running up the road on summit finish

by CyclingTips

The final kilometres of the Tour de France devolved into chaos and farce Thursday on the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux after a race moto caused a pileup among GC contenders, resulting in a broken bike for race leader Chris Froome, who then took the unconventional (and against the rules) decision to run up the road until he could get a replacement.

The incident was caused by a thick crowd, no doubt bigger than normal due to the shortening of the stage from the summit on Mont Ventoux to 6km lower down, to Chalet Reynard.

A few minutes behind stage winner Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Froome, Richie Porte (BMC Racing), and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) held a gap over other GC contenders until a race moto came to a standstill at 1200 metres to go. All three riders piled into the moto, and each other, with Froome’s bike broken and rendered unrideable.

With a moto down, fans swarming, and other GC contenders coming through, the option of taking a spare bike was not available, so the maillot jaune of the Tour de France, wearing bib no. 1, took the unusual decision to start running up the road — a sight many cycling fans may never forget.

Eventually, Froome took a bike from Mavic neutral support, but he had cleat/pedal issues and was unable to build momentum. Finally he took a team bike with 400 metres to go, crossing the line several minutes behind GC contenders such as Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).


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