After the announcement of a shortened climb up Mont Ventoux for today’s stage 12 finish due to high winds, many fans were worried that the stage would lose some of the excitement. While we won’t spoil the results for anyone who has the race waiting for them on their DVR, we will say that there is plenty of excitement. It’s also extremely bizarre. Apparently after fans got too close to a video motorbike, the motorcycle’s pilot had to slam on the brakes which then caused a chain reaction pile up with Richie Porte, Chris Froome, and Bauke Mollema.
All of a sudden, the Tour’s cameras shift to a lanky Froome in full kit, running up Mont Ventoux. His bike was broken in the crash and without a team car nearby, he just took off running (which may or may not be illegal during the race). At one point he was given a neutral service bike from the Mavic car, but after appearing to struggle with the gears and pedals, he pulled to the side and waited for a replacement bike. Wild.