Tour de France: Chris Froome demands action over smoke grenade

Rex Christensen
July 22, 2018

That day, Froome attacked 80 kilometres from the finish and singlehandedly held off the rest of the peloton to win the stage and seal the overall.

After most of the other top sprinters at the Tour de France succumbed in the Alps, Peter Sagan was in prime position to dominate Friday's (Saturday's NZT) flat finish.

The Slovak beat Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Frenchman Arnaud Demare, who were second and third, respectively.

Mende - Yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas brushed off suggestions he and Chris Froome were targeted by fans on the Tour de France 14th stage days after being booed and spat at by irate fans on Alpe d'Huez.

Thomas has ridden like a team leader since the final 10km of stage one into Fontenay-le-Comte, when Froome was forced off the road as the race split apart. The trio lost a handful of seconds to Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), but also put time into the likes of Movistar pair Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana, and AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet. At times, he could claim to have followed wheels when the race split, but those two Alpine victories were little masterpieces that could only have been created by a man with his mind on winning overall as well as on each given day.

Froome, who won the Tour in 2013 and 2015-2017, was only cleared to participate in this edition days before the start by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Thomas continues to lead the overall classification, standing at 1:38 ahead of Froome and 1:50 ahead of Dumoulin.

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Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has called for calm from fans after Chris Froome was slapped and apparently spat at on the climb to Alpe d'Huez on Thursday.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali sustained a fractured vertebra when he crashed about four kilometers from the top of the 13.8-km climb after being hit by what appeared to be either a spectator or a police motorbike.

"Not with Froomey. I am a bit surprised with Dumoulin", Thomas said.

Thomas has said that although he would work to support Froome, he is not going to intentionally lose time.

And Froome seems eager for the action to return.

"Tomorrow we can see some good battles between the favourites, " Froome said.

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