Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 11, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins summit finish in Andorra, Froome defends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: a last-minute stage win for Rabo-Liv and Megan Guarnier wins the Giro Rosa!; Jan Hirt wins Tour of Austria; Nikolay Mihaylov wins Sibiu Cycling Tour; Citing fever, Alberto Contador abandons 2016 Tour de France in Pyrenees; Tactical error? BMC Racing loses out to Froome on Tour’s first big mountain stage; Dan Martin feeling ‘great’ as Tour de France heads for familiar roads; Froome defends action against fan; Commentary: Why Chris Froome was right to punch that spectator; Tinkov, in TV interview: Valverde is jealous of Contador, Europeans don’t know how to do business; New Zealand names final Olympic cycling team; Why Andorra is becoming one of Europe’s most popular pro cycling bases; Tour de France, stage 9 recap; Tour de France, stage 8 on-board highlights; Tour de France, stage 7 on-board highlights; POV footage of Adam Yates crash into 1km inflatable; Orica-BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 7; 6-year-old tries Froome’s aero-tuck

Froome defends action against fan

by CyclingTips

Sky’s Chris Froome defended his action against a fan on the ascent of the Col de Peyresourde on stage 8. Riding in an elite group of GC contenders, including his main rival Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Froome became agitated with a fan who was running alongside, and threw a punch at him.

“I have absolutely nothing against the Colombian fans, I think they’re fantastic and they bring a great atmosphere to the race, but this guy in particular was running right next to my handlebars and he had a flag that was flying behind him,” Froome said.

“It was just getting dangerous, so I pushed him away and lashed out. It’s fantastic having so many fans out on the road, but please don’t run with the riders – it gets really dangerous for the guys behind.”

Froome was given a 200 Swiss Franc fine by the race jury, but he said the television images did not tell the whole story.

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