You read that headline 100% correctly.
In today’s stage of the Tour de France, reigning champions and yellow jersey incumbent Chris Froome crashed into the back of a motorbike along with his other main rivals for the general classification title, rendered his bike unusable, then tried to run the rest of the stage – which of course cost him time and that meant he lost his lead and the yellow jersey.
That’s until afterward when it was ruled he would actually get to keep his yellow jersey after the race organisers credited him with a completely different time to the one he finished in. Still with us?
The tragi-comedy began when Froome’s former Sky team-mate Richie Porte was ascending the fearsome Mount Ventoux when the motorbike carrying the cameraman in front got a little too close for comfort.
The Australian, who was leading a breakaway alongside Froome and Bauke Mollema, collided with the bike and hit the floor, taking his rivals down with him.
However it was Froome who suffered most as, while Porte was able to remount, the Kenyan born-rider’s bike was forced to try and run the rest of the stage because his bike had been wrecked.
The catastrophic amount of time lost by Froome meant he surrendered his lead to fellow Brit Adam Yates, however he confirmed afterwards in a tweet that the race organisers had reviewed the incident and essentially decided to hand the Sky rider a default time that means he now leads the way by 47 seconds from Yates after stage 12.
There was of course uproar afterwards, with disgraced former champion Lance Armstrong described the action as a “**** show”.
Cycling’s rules do allow for riders to run to the finish line during races, but only if they don’t have their bikes with them. Eventually, Team Sky’s back-up crew were able to catch up with their rider and get him on a bike so he could finish the race on two wheels.
Porte said after the race: “The crowd were all over the road and it was such a mess.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do but they’re going to have to do something about it. That can’t stand, some sort of discretion has to be used. It was just crazy.”