Tour de France leader starts running up mountain after crashing his bike

Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome began Thursday’s Stage 12 with a 28 second lead in the general classification, but a wild crash near the end of the stage saw Froome sprinting up a crowded mountain while he waited for his team to deliver a replacement bike. 

With less than two kilometers to ride to the finish, riders climbed a road teeming with spectators on either side. A motorcycle carrying a cameraman was forced to slam on his brakes, and Richie Porte slammed into the back of the bike, causing a pileup.

Froome was caught in the accident and his bike was damaged, but the Team Sky car was well behind him. Froome decided to run up the mountain with the finish line not far away, and eventually received a replacement bike and finished the stage.

Due to the crash, Froome fell 53 seconds behind new leader Adam Yates in the provisional standings, but it’s possible for race officials to change the result. 

Porte said after the stage that the crowd caused the accident, and that he believes it would be unfair to let the result stand.

Via Sky Sports:

Lance Armstrong, for one, was not impressed.

Froome tweeted that he will still be in the yellow jersey for Stage 13.

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