Tour de France : Puncture chaos in the Pyrenees


The 14th stage of the Tour de France will be remembered for one act of sabotage by a mindless spectator who threw tacks onto the road. As the peloton reached the summit of the stages toughest climb, Cadel Evans was the first to be hit with a rear puncture. Unable to be saved by his teams car through the narrow roads, he lost minutes on his rivals before his puncture was rectified. However Bradley Wiggins exampled a true act of sportsmanship by holding up the pack to allow Evans to catch up his lost time. No less than 30 other riders fell foul to punctures, infuriating the tour organisers who have called for a police investigation into the incident.

Away from all the drama it was Luis Sanchez who claimed the stage victory a full 18 minutes ahead of the sabotaged peloton. Wiggins retains the yellow jersey and his 2 minute advantage, but the next few stages through the Pyrenees will be a true test to the Brit, with his rivals hoping to gain time before Saturdays time trial. If Brad gets out of the mountains with his lead in tack, he’ll be well on the way to becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France.