Tour de France - The other side of the Alpe d'Huez: Misbehaviour of the public
Jul 19 2018 06:42 pm CET

Tour de France - The other side of the Alpe d'Huez: Misbehaviour of the public
Tour de France - The other side of the Alpe d'Huez: Misbehaviour of the public
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The ascent of the Alpe d'Huez has given a good cycling show but also has had many incidents with the public that affected the riders.

Climbs like the one of the Alpe d'Huez are famous for attracting a lot of fans that at times have to wait for days for the riders to pass. Even though this is often seen as a big cycling party, things can get out of hand when the race arrives and that was shown at the 12th stage of the 2018 Tour de France.

Some incidents on the day affected Chris Froome and Team Sky in general. Froome is not new to roadside abuse at the French race, but this time things reached a new level when members of the public even tried to push him off his bike (See video below).




The victory of Geraint Thomas was received by booing and abuse by the public at the finish line. When the Welshman climbed onto the podium to claim the Yellow Jersey he was welcomed by more abuse.

Another notable incident was the one that finished with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) on the ground. The group of favourites were passing a sector with a lot of public that set off colour smoke bombs and apparently the driver of one of the race motorcycles lost visibility and ended up crashing against the Italian rider.

Other minor incidents included hitting the riders with flags, running alongside causing potentially dangerous situations and throwing water (and other liquids) at the peloton, something that riders like Bauke Mollema have complained about in the past weeks.
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