Froome crashes post-stage after police mistake him for fan

Froome crashes post-stage after police mistake him for fan

It's not like football or something.

The template for Froome's defaillance, as the French would label his moment of weakness, was set on the second climb, the Col de Val Louron-Azet, when Romain Bardet's AG2R set such a high pace that they exploded the group of favourites while also riding so hard that the team's own leader was plunged into crisis.

Dressed in his race kit but covered with a grey jacket, Froome (Team Sky) was accosted on his descent back down the final climb to his team accommodation. "But they are so experienced now, and they have been round the block so many times, they don't get distracted by anything".

Riders were competing again within five kilometres, Julian Alaphilippe eventually claiming victory after capitalising on Adam Yates' late crash while Thomas retained his advantage of one minute and 39 seconds over Sky team-mate Chris Froome in the general classification.

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"I always keep faith and hope, but so far over the last weeks, Thomas has been proven the strongest and that's the situation now", Dumoulin said.

Downhills were tricky and former world champion Philippe Gilbert went spectacularly over a low stone wall in the descent from the Col du Portet d'Aspet.

Quick-Step bosses panicked when Gilbert went over the wall - it was on the same descent, albeit several kilometres below, that Italian Fabio Casartelli died in a awful crash in 1995.

"He was the better guy on the day and I am pretty proud of how the I rode and how the team rode". "I was kind of lucky it didn't affect me too much".

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It happened about 18 miles (30km) into the 135-mile (218km) leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon.

"This was all I had, this was all we had today", Dumoulin continued.

But on a day that saw Slovakian Peter Sagan mathematically secure his sixth green jersey for the points competition, the day belonged to Alaphilippe.The 26-year-old Frenchman has spent the past days chasing points to add to his collection for the King of the Mountains' polka dot jersey. "I used some water to wash it out", said Thomas."But I was alright in the end".

The Tour feed also posted a tweet warning spectators to "respect the riders", as endangering them can lead to up to three years in prison.

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Alaphilippe, who was already gaining ground on Yates, quickly passed the British rider and had time to celebrate before the finish, smiling at the crowd and shaking his head in disbelief.

Stage 17 on Wednesday from Bagneres-De Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet in the Pyrenees promises to be even more unpredictable at just 65 kilometers over three grueling climbs, including an uphill finish.

"Froomey said with 5 or 4 kilometres to go that he was not feeling super".

This summer Geraint Thomas is leading, which I'm sure you all knew because since the World Cup finished you've had nothing else in your life.

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