Thursday 23 November 2017

Tour de France: Farrar fury over crash

Andre Greipel led home a frenzied bunch sprint to win yesterday's fifth stage of the Tour de France for his second straight stage victory.

The German sprinter remained upright after colliding with sprint rival Tyler Farrar just 3km from the finish before holding off Matt Goss in second and Juan Jose Haedo in third. Mark Cavendish was fifth.

Farrar, however, was less fortunate as he crashed for the third time in as many days and had to be pulled away from the rider he blamed for causing yesterday's incident.

Before stunned onlookers, Farrar dropped his bicycle and stormed towards the Argos-Shimano team bus of rival sprinter Tom Veelers, shouting "you don't do that to someone."

Argos-Shimano riders pushed Farrar away from their bus while staff from the American's Garmin-Sharp team ran to pull him back to their own bus, which was parked nearby.

Neither Farrar nor Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters would comment on the rider's outburst. Roy Curvers, riding for Argos-Shimano, said Farrar came looking for Veelers.

"He wanted to talk to Tom, he said 'you don't do that in a sprint', but I dont know what he was talking about," Curvers said.

Fabian Cancellara retained the yellow jersey for a sixth straight day after the mostly flat 196.5km trek from Rouen to Saint-Quentin.

Irish Independent

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