Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 16, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Dumoulin crushes Tour de France stage 13 TT, Froome extends GC lead; Gaviria gets hat trick in Poland; Prudhomme: It’s a day of mourning for France and for the Tour de France; After Nice attack, the Tour de France goes on with heavy hearts; Mont Ventoux madness: A first-hand perspective from the Tour; Porte, on chaotic Ventoux mishap: ‘If you can’t control the crowds, then what can you control?’; Maddeningly hypnotic: The Tour de France is an absurd, beautiful circus; Simon Gerrans out of the Tour de France with collarbone fracture; Thibaut Pinot out of Tour de France; Theuns crashes out of Tour de France in time trial crash; Shane Sutton: British Cycling review will exonerate me; Is EPO’s performance enhacing effect all in the mind?; Tour de France, stage 12 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 12; A journey to the top: Peter Sagan

Porte, on chaotic Ventoux mishap: ‘If you can’t control the crowds, then what can you control?’

by Michael Better

Australian Richie Porte (BMC Racing) was racing up the famed Mount Ventoux to the finish at Chalet Reynard on stage 12 of the 2016 Tour de France when disaster struck.

A motorbike was forced to stop due to a large mass of overzealous fans on the mountain — on Bastille Day, no less — and Porte, along with yellow jersey Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), saw the advantage they had built over other GC riders come crashing to the ground The race was thrown intototal chaos as they piled into the moto, and onto each other.

“We had the gap there on Quintana and everything was going absolutely perfectly and then the next thing the motorbike just stopped right in the middle of the road in front of me,” Porte said after the stage while cooling down on a trainer. “I had nowhere to go and straight over the top of [the motorbike]. I just can’t stand that the motorbike and the crowd just ruin the race like that. It was just a mess.”

At the time the race jury was still discussing the situation and Porte didn’t hide his frustration. “I don’t know what they are going to do, but they need to do something about it because it’s not fair,” Porte said. “One minute we are 23 seconds in front and the next thing, you know for something so silly, everybody’s back on us.

“That can’t stand. That can’t happen like that. Surely the jury has to look at it and use some sort of discretion. I mean if you can’t control the crowds then what can you control?”

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