Policeman causes time confusion between Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin at Tour de France's time trial
Jul 29 2018 05:47 am CET

Policeman causes time confusion between Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin at Tour de France's time trial
Policeman causes time confusion between Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin at Tour de France's time trial
Tour de France

The end of the Individual Time Trial of the 20th stage of the Tour de France had a moment of confusion with Chris Froome's and Tom Dumoulin's times at the finish line.

The moment that Chris Froome was approaching the finish line, it was visible on television that the chronometer stopped a few seconds before he actually crossed the finish line, giving him a time of 40 minutes and 50 seconds. A moment later, Dumoulin crossed the finish line at 40 minutes and 52 seconds, but the chronometer showed him as the winner of the stage.

Moments of confusion followed and minutes later, it was announced that the Dutchman was the winner of the stage because Froome's real time was 40 minutes and 53 seconds. The mistake by the timer was caused by a policeman as the ASO explained after the stage.

"There was no problem with the time registration or the graphics on television," said race organiser Guillaume Kleszcz to journalist Renaat Schotte of Belgian broadcaster Sporza. "A policeman crossed the finish line just as Froome was about to pass and that was immediately corrected.

Apparently, the policeman walked in front of the electronic eye moments before the Briton crossed the finish line, hence causing the confusion. "That is why there is an automatic system to correct that, which is why Dumoulin's time immediately appeared green."

After the moments of consternation were over, Dumoulin could celebrate his stage win and Froome celebrated that he was back at the overall podium.




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