Per Pay Per Head Sportsbook, a fan yelling “doper!” hurled a cup of urine at Chris Froome. Froome, the Tour de France leader said, on Saturday’s Stage 14 won by fellow British rider Stephen Cummings.”That’s unacceptable on so many levels,” said Froome. “He just sort of launched this cup toward me.”
Richie Porte his teammate said another person, also a fan, punched him a few days earlier on a climb in the Pyrenees. He and Froome believe that all the bad publicity about their domination is giving them a target for the fans to pin their frustrations on. Froome has proven to be thick-skinned, he said: “I’m not going to give up the race because a few guys are shouting insults.”
Generations of dopers, no one more famous than Lance Armstrong. After the spectacle no on e will believe Froome is clean, it all falls on deaf ears.”This is the legacy that has been handed to us,” Froome said.
Froome is not the first rider in Tour history to have been doused by urine, and won’t be the last. Cummings got South African team MTN-Qhubeka its first win. On the day that South Africans celebrate as International Nelson Mandela Day.
Cummings ambushed two French riders, Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, on a short flat section after the steep final climb.
“Fantastic,” Cummings said.
Both Bardet and Pinot reached the summit together. With the short but very sharp final ascent, Cummings sped past them and took the win. Bardet said he and Pinot were guilty of watching each other too much. So much they neglected the danger from Cummings catching them from behind.
“He was very crafty,” Bardet said. “Very disappointed.”
There were changes in the overall standings.
Tejay van Garderen, who had been second overall, struggled on the final ascent and could not stay with Froome and Nairo Quintana. They had been third overall at the start of the stage in Rodez.
Froome beat Quintana to the line with an exciting, finishing sprint. Froome now has an overall lead of 3 minutes, 10 seconds over Quintana, who vaulted into second place. Van Garderen is third, 3:32 behind Froome.
Will Froome be able to keep it up per head seem to think so. With the lead he has after today it will be difficult to catch Froome even if he’s drenched in urine.