WATCH - Chris Froome fined €184 for punching idiotic fan on way to Tour de France stage victory
Published 10/07/2016 | 08:00
It's a common sight during the more precipitous stages of the Tour de France. As the gradient becomes steeper the peloton slows down and excited spectators can be seen running alongside the bikes, almost touching the riders as they make their way up the mountain.
During stage eight of the race yesterday however, one man wearing a yellow wig, got too close to rider Chris Froome and felt the sharp end of the Briton's left elbow.
The incident happened before as Froome set off on the audacious downhill attack that eventually secured a stage win for the Kenyan-born rider.
A middle-aged man, wearing the national football shirt for Colombia, ventured too close to Froome, who responded by striking him sharply in the face with his left arm.
Froome’s main rival in this year's race is two-time Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana of Colombia and was asked if this had a bearing on the incident, but the Team Sky rider defended his actions after the race.
“I have absolutely nothing against the Colombian fans, I think they’re fantastic,” Froome said. “They bring great spirit to it.
"But this guy in particular was running right next to my handlebars. He had a flag that was flying out behind him and it was just getting dangerous so I pushed him away. I lashed out and pushed him away.”
“It’s fantastic having so many fans out on the road but please, don’t try and run with the riders,” Froome said. “It gets really dangerous for the guys behind you.”
Getting abuse for the hand off of the spectator, camera doesn't show his flag almost going into my front wheel & across my handlebars!— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) July 9, 2016
Froome, who will wear the yellow jersey on the next stage of the Tour, was later fined 200 Swiss francs (€184) by the race jury for “inappropriate behaviour”.