Tour chief slams farmers as yellow jersey suffers from tear gas

Tour chief slams farmers as yellow jersey suffers from tear gas

Tour chief slams farmers as yellow jersey suffers from tear gas

Stage 11 last week, a 108.5-kilometer leg from Albertville to the La Rosiere ski resort, saw elite riders such as Alejandro Valverde attack from far out, forcing Team Sky to increase its pace far earlier than it would have liked.

That's how it was in 2012 when a Brit first won the Tour title. Christopher Froome (UK, Sky) - 1,393.

It then settled for a few seasons. The Dutchman, victor of the Giro in 2017 and second to Froome in this year's race, has spoken openly of trying to take advantage of Sky's situation, knowing the leading pair are not keen to attack one another.

Just when you thought this Tour de France had thrown up all the drama it could, what with the booing and the spitting and the crashing and the accusations of French cultural bias.

If the yellow jersey is still not decided by Friday, it will come down to Saturday's time trial over 31 km. By the start of the 2018 Tour, he had earned an impressive collection of 59.

The reaction they have received is not unique, and French fans have often turned against serial winners, whether it be Eddy Merckx or even their own Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault.

The climb up one of the Tour's iconic climbs promises to be a signature moment for Bernal, who at 21-years-old is the youngest of the 176 riders to start the Tour and yet already appears to have the making of a victor. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 53:10: 38 2.

At the end of the day, if you want to host... the Tour de France is promoted as the world's greatest sporting annual event, and if that's what you want to host and you want the best worldwide riders to come and take part in an global event then maybe treat them with a bit more respect.

Froome had said before the Tour he was aiming to come good in the third week, following his efforts in winning the Giro d'Italia in May, but, asked if he had identified places where he might attack and make up time on Thomas, he dismissed the question.

The stage went through Virille, once home to 1990 Tour King of the Mountains Thierry Claveyrolat, who committed suicide in 1999.

Among the riders affected by the tear gas was Team Sky's overall leader Geraint Thomas, who was pictured rubbing his nose following the incident.

Froome was initially barred from starting his title defence by organisers because of the suspicion surrounding his "adverse analytical finding" for the asthma drug salbutamol at the Tour of Spain past year.

"Froome has the experience and is the proven one out of the two", he added. He would be allowed to start but his presence in the peloton has been received with considerable scorn from the public.

Froome has been Sky's undisputed leader since 2013, when he was picked for the Tour de France ahead of 2012 victor Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Cort Nielsen claimed his first career win at the Tour after staying ahead of Ion Izagirre and Bauke Mollema in a sprint over the final 200 meters. "I am sure the future holds good things in store for him". "It was my first professional race and it was awful".

What this clearly reiterates is that, although he's had a run-in with authorities because of a doping product, Froome - who was exonerated for the Salbutamol case - is the best GC rider of his generation.

But what happens when two team-mates are competing for the lead? He is, it would seem, also much more popular than the defending Tour champion.

"It felt great to be there on Alpe d'Huez, a mythic climb, and leading the group", Bernal told The Associated Press two days after his impressive Alpine trek.

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