Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Brailsford slams Tour fans for hostile Sky reception

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| 24 July, 2018, 20:30

Froome sits a minute and 39 seconds behind race leader Thomas in the General Classification at the start of the final week.

Initial reports appeared to suggest a police officer used pepper spray or tear gas to fend off protesters who were trying to throw bales of hay onto the road - and, in the process, managed to hit several riders. "If that's what you want to host, and if you want the best riders in the world to come to your country to take part, then maybe treat them with a little more respect".

"We're good mates", said Thomas, when asked about his relationship with Froome. "The riders' job is extremely risky, they are taking risks every day, people should not block the road, no matter what causes they are fighting for".

Gendarmes detain a protesting farmer as the pack rides behind during the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, on July 24, 2018.

Brailsford, who has been questioned by a British parliamentary inquiry following allegations Sky had breached ethical guidelines by abusing the legal use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE's) for their riders, said he did not expect the abuse to stop.

In a statement, Brailsford said: 'Obviously Gianni has left the race, which is very disappointing.


Speaking of Froome's form peaking in the third week, Wiggins reasserted that '10 days into the Giro everyone thought Chris was going to climb off and go home.

Protesting farmers had blocked the road with hay bales, leading police to spray them with CS gas.

The incident overshadowed a day in which Geraint Thomas comfortably retained the yellow jersey as Magnus Cort Nielsen won his first career Tour stage, outsprinting Jon Izagirre of Bahrain-Merida and Bauke Mollema of Trek-Segefredo to deliver back-to-back wins for Astana.

Thomas and Froome may be in a strong position on the podium, but Team Sky were hurt on Sunday night when Gianni Moscon was disqualified from the race for punching Fortuneo-Samsic rider Elie Gesbert early on stage 15 to Carcassonne. The International Cycling Union ruled just before the Tour that his sample results did not constitute a breach to the anti-doping rules.

It makes the hardest week of a brutal three-week race more difficult for Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, who are in first and second in the Yellow Jersey standings.

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