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Chris Froome mistaken for amateur, floored by policeman (videos)

Jack Elton-Walters
26 Jul 2018

Riding back down from the summit finish where he lost time, Chris Froome was mistaken for a fan and tackled by a gendarme

If an overreacting and overenthusiastic policeman hadn't already accidentally pepper sprayed half the peloton while deterring an agricultural protest, the sight of a gendarme knocking Chris Froome to the ground might have been more surprising.

While riding down from the summit finish of the Col de Portet, where the Team Sky rider lost time to his rivals and his teammate Geraint Thomas, Froome was mistaken for an amateur and was stopped in his tracks by the roadside policeman.

The incident

Even if non-Tour riders weren't allowed to descend the mountain at the time, and the policeman made a genuine error in identifying the four-time champion as a fan, to cause him and his bike to hit the ground seems like a disproportionate response.

Simply standing in the way of his progress would surely suffice.

The aftermath

The videos and photos posted to social media show the fracas, including Froome's four letter reaction, complete with strange Franglais accent.

The policeman lets him go on his way and looks understandable sheepish about the incident.

Time loss

This incident wasn't the worst thing to happen to Froome that day, however. The defending champion could not match the pace of his rivals on the upper slopes of the Col de Portet and slipped from second to third overall, with fourth placed Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumo) close behind.

Thomas is now the undoubted leader of Team Sky and will have the whole team behind him as he looks to close out the Tour win this Sunday in Paris.

Between him and the overall win is a sprint stage, a mountain stage - but not a summit finish, and the final TT, before the procession around the Champs-Elysees.