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