MONT VENTOUX, France (AP) Chris Froome says he can keep the yellow jersey after the Tour de France race jury ruled he lost his bike in unfair circumstances during the wild conclusion to the 12th stage on Thursday.
Froome tells French TV ''Ventoux is full of surprises. … I'm very happy with the jury's decision.''
In a complete embarrassment for race organizers on Bastille Day, Richie Porte crashed into a motorbike carrying a TV camera and Froome, who was following right behind his former teammate, also crashed in the final kilometer on the wind-shortened climb to Mont Ventoux.
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Froome threw his bike aside and began running up the road instead. He eventually was given a small yellow race assistance bike before his team was finally able to provide him with a suitable substitute.