There's never a quiet day at the Tour de France.
Tour de France leader Chris Froome attempted to turn the race into a duathlon on Thursday when he ditched his bike and made a decision to run up the steep slopes of Mont Ventoux in the final kilometer of Stage 12. "You always have to expect the unexpected at the Tour". "He's [Froome] on my wheel and went straight into me". "It was just a mess", he said.
In a freaky twist, Chris Froome is running up the mountain and having to abandon his bike. They are in your face the whole time, pushing riders.
"I'm just glad to get through the stage, I'm glad that the commissaires took that decision there, in the interests of the race and in the interests of what's happened the last few days, that was the correct decision". General Director of the Tour Christian Prudhomme said of the high winds, "We can't play a game of double or quit".
"There will be an investigation to find out why the TV motorbike was blocked and the riders fell", Prudhomme added.
Froome - who won on the same slopes in 2013 - and Bauke Mollema then crashed into Porte, and both cyclists were left to go on foot as their bikes were cracked. He eventually was given a small yellow race assistance bike before his team was finally able to provide him with a suitable substitute.
All of Froome's main rivals crossed ahead of him but it wasn't immediately clear if race officials would neutralize the finish and enable Froome to keep the lead. I think the jury and everyone on the organisation has played the fair play card.
"It was a nightmare", said Portal.
He took a bike from the neutral service auto but could not find traction on it and handed it back before taking a spare bike from the team vehicle and finishing the stage, shaking his head furiously as he did so. "So, I don't understand why you've gotta act like a buffoon".
Froome, Porte and Bauke Mollema were involved in the crash.
That was soon shut down, and the Colombian had no response when Froome and Porte went together.
But race organisers revised the times after a review of the decisive crash, which was caused by throngs of spectators narrowing the road, and reinstalled Froome with an increased 47 second lead on Orica-BikeExchange's Yates.
"I wouldn't want to take the jersey like this. Froome retains the yellow jersey", organisers said in a statement.
"I'd rather take it with my legs and not a crash in a bad situation". "There are not many sports where the fans can get so close, but it is what it is". "It is what it is".
It's one of the most freaky scenes to place on the Tour for many years. "They should do something about it".
The day finished at Chalet Reynard - midway up Mont Ventoux with gale-force winds at the summit forcing the stage to be shortened by six kilometres.
You don't have to be a cycling fan to know that what happened at the end of Thursday's 12th stage of the Tour de France was amazingly insane.