July 25, 2018 / 6:00 PM / in 9 months

Froome crashes after stage as police mistake him for a fan

Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain, who was mistaken for a fan, is pulled off his bike by a police officer as he makes his way to the Team Sky bus from the summit finish on Col du Portet, Haute Pyrenees, France, July 25, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Albert Secall/via REUTERS

SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome’s bad day continued after the 17th stage of the Tour de France when he crashed while riding down to his team bus after being mistaken for a fan by police, Team Sky said on Wednesday. The defending champion, whose hopes of winning a fifth title faded when he cracked in the finale of the last 16-km climb up to the Col du Portet, was asked by a police officer to stop, which caused him to crash, Team Sky explained.

Froome’s wife Michelle told Reuters that she thought he had been mistaken for a fan because he was wearing a black raincoat. She added that he was not injured in the crash. A lot of fans climb up the mountains on their bikes before the riders to find a spot where they can watch the peloton ride by.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis

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