Chris Froome extended his lead in the Tour de France to 47 seconds after initial fears he had lost the yellow jersey following a dramatic motorbike crash
Chris Froome extended his lead in the Tour de France to 47 seconds after initial concerns he had lost the yellow jersey following a dramatic crash which resulted in the defending champion running part of the final climb on stage 12.
With swathes of fans encroaching on the road making for a narrow route on the ascent up Mont Ventoux, BMC Racing rider Richie Porte ran into the back of a breaking motorbike.
Froome was caught in the subsequent pile-up as he ploughed into Porte and opted to progress on foot in a bid to avoid losing valuable time. GC rival Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) was also involved, but got away quickly.
Team Sky rider Froome transferred to a neutral bike after jogging up part of the hill for less than a minute before finally being handed a replacement to cross the line.
Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) provisionally took over the yellow jersey as Froome dropped to sixth – some 53 seconds off the pace having started the day 28 seconds clear of the rest - while Thomas De Gendt claimed his first stage victory on the Tour de France.
However, Froome was credited with a new time by race organisers, ensuring he stretched his advantage of Yates to stay on course to win the race for a third time.
Porte and Mollema were given the same time as Froome on a dramatic day in the famous race.
The stage had been shortened by six kilometres due to high winds at the summit of Mont Ventoux.