Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders

by CyclingTips

What has seemingly turned into an annual tradition, Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme is pleading with fans on the side of the course to show respect to the riders.

Tour de France 2015 - stage 16

“The only thing that we can do is to ask fans to please respect the riders. It’s also dangerous for them, too. First, it is a question of education,” Prudhomme said during the rest day.

“Everybody and you first the media, please need to say once again: ‘Please respect the riders, please stay on the side of the road.’ We have many adverts on the radio, TV and in the newspapers, everyone needs to ask the fans not to run with the riders.”

The plea comes following a high-profile incident where race leader Chris Froome (Sky) punched a fan he deemed too close and George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) ran into a fan on a hairpin turn while climbing late in a stage.

“There will be no day when there will be 3,500 kilometres of barriers,” he said. “It is the only sport where you can have this link between the fans and the riders so we have to keep that. Every year, we have more barriers, in eight or 10 climbs we have 600 or 700 metres of barriers. It didn’t exist three years ago. We will never have total barriers,” Prudhomme said.

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