Tour de France villain punches opponent mid-race

Tour de France villain punches opponent mid-race

Tour de France villain punches opponent mid-race

The incident overshadowed a day in which Geraint Thomas comfortably retained the yellow jersey as Magnus Cort Nielsen won his first career Tour stage, outsprinting Jon Izagirre of Bahrain-Merida and Bauke Mollema of Trek-Segefredo to deliver back-to-back wins for Astana.

Spectators have been taunting four-time champion Froome since he was cleared of doping just before the race started, while Thomas has been whistled and booed at for being Froome's teammate.

"Winning a Tour de France stage is the best for a professional rider", said Fraile, who already had a Giro d'Italia stage win to his name.

Their utter domination, with five Tour titles in the last six editions, has been reminiscent of disgraced Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal team in the early 2000s and the French crowd has been hostile towards the Sky riders.

"We're in this dream position, first and second on the general classification - if nothing changed between here and Paris, fantastic, we've nailed the Tour de France".

"That would be the biggest hiccup in, well I don't know about Tour history, but it would be pretty bad". "I'm not too optimistic on that front". "We don't choose who comes into the team", Thomas said.

He added: "We're trying to remain dignified, we're trying to not get distracted by it".

The temperature is rising as the Tour de France heads into the Pyrenees, both on and off the road.

A cloud had hung over Froome after a urine sample taken during the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level.

"For anyone to beat Team Sky this week they will have to beat Geraint and they will have to beat me and they will have to do it at the pointy end of the Tour".

Brailfsord said he has witnessed this type of angry reaction only in France.

"From a team point of view, I'm going to keep the focus on the rest of this race here, and then next week I will gather the facts, look at the process and go from there". It just seems to be a French thing.

He added: "I'm not sure they would like to have seen their (France) football players being spat at (the World Cup) in Russian Federation. I'm sure there would have been a word or two about that". The Tour de France is promoted as the world's greatest annual sporting event and, if you want the best worldwide riders to come to your country, maybe treat them with a little more respect.

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