The Tour de France organisers have in the past year requested spectators at the race to behave and not run alongside riders. However, it seems that their calls are being ignored by some. Chris Froome showed today the frustration that riders can feel from these spectators and lashed out at one on the Col de Peyresourde.
Froome (Team Sky) took the victory on today’s eighth stage of the Tour de France and in addition also moved into the yellow jersey. He attacked at the top of the final climb – the Col de Peyresoude, and stayed clear to win alone in Bagnères-de-Luchon.
On the climb of the Peyresourde though, Froome could be seen throwing a punch at a man who appeared to be carrying a Colombian flag.
Don't mess with #Froome on his way to the TOP! #TourdeFrance #Punch pic.twitter.com/BLChXvnsHO
— Kato McNickle (@katoagogo) July 9, 2016
Good. Can’t believe these so called ‘fans’ put the riders in so much danger !
Its about time that idiots like that get a “snot klap”. They have no business running next to the riders!
You got knocked da fuq out!
John Mulraney you missed it
Hardly a punch???!! He’s in the way, Dressed as a significant throbber, get some!
The punch is 100% justifiable, especially if the authorities and organisers are not doing a good job protecting the riders against these clowns
about time , some of these so called fans treat the riders like sh*t
Shouldn’t get in the way the riders are providing a sporting spectacle they should be respected and given room to ride. No sympathy Chapeau Froomey.
Conor Heeney that’s the shhtuff!!!
Didn’t hit him hard enough Seamus, imagine if it was you on the bike and this idiot was running beside you and his wig getting stuck in your wheel. lol.
Not a reply from a commissioners missus x
Definitely be an ambulance job Mary, if not with first swing I’d stop and make sure!!
Stop being so nosey Mr. Ellard.
Not before time too!
Richard Eccles Think I could teach him a better move, PST does come in handy
It’s a hammer punch. It was a cracker and well deserved.
Good for Froome, bloody idiot spectator could have caused a serious crash and injuries, arrest the tosser.
Can a 130 pound dude with arms like pipe cleaners “punch” really. More like swatted.
At least he didn’t punch any llamas
What a fuckwit idiot ! Pity didnt flatten him
Well done Froome!
Well done Chris Froome hope he’s got a head ache !!
makes a change from him getting spat on or piss thrown at him. Well done vavafroome #TDF2016
Love it!!! Get those fuC!!@@n idiots out of the way
Fair play, what goes on in their minds
Lekker left against the side of the head – shot!
What would Hinault have done ??
Hinault…!!!!!! What would you or I have done?????
He would’ve got off and gave him a combo.
Saw it when it happened
All part of the spectacle
At least no tacks have been thrown down, yet
Yes, let’s segregate 150miles of road off.
Nnngh . .
Pat, show this to Ed.
DO.NOT.IMPEDE.RACE – simple rule.
Violence is never justified……
Go on my sahn!!
the idiot could of taken him out of the race. Deserved it.
Didn’t hit him hard enough.
Das isch geil – weg frei punche Camillo DevecchiMarco CinaMatthias WyssAndreas Studer
The Big Kenyan
Well done Froomey! Great win today 🙂
Get in! The prick got what he deserved.
No he did in. He got the Yellow Jersey!!
About time some rider hit one of those idiots…how many times have they been asked to desist.
south American, for sure
98% of you justify (and encourage) this gesture. this is just wrong.
It wasn’t violence, he stopped the idiot from causing a pile up.
I understand his frustration but you can’t just assault people, if it was a spectator hitting a rider they’d probably be arrested, without spectators the race would be a pretty drab affair. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
No you can!!!!
I think the spectator was probably assaulting Froomy indirectly.
How would you feel if some idiot lost you the tour?
At last years tour people punched Chris frome on the alpe d’huez and another threw urine at him… I don’t believe anything happened to those people last year.. So I can’t blame the guy.
Steven Curran the spectator was certainly an unwelcome nusiance, I don’t know if anything was said by the spectator maybe there was something but from the pictures I wouldn’t say Froome was being any more inconvienced by the spectator than he was by the other cyclist that were around him. Think we’ll put it down to a sudden rush of blood to the head he had and therefore all should be forgiven.
Froomy said spectator had a flag wrapped around him possibly going in his wheels.???.
Yes I read that, also read he got a small fine for his reaction.
bitch got owned. Keep fucking with a man then it’s only a matter of time before he will bite #nosuarez
yay! Good for him!
Chris Froome did what needed to be done. He brought the so called spectator to his senses.
Bonus points system for clearing out gimpy fans…
Matthew Johnson this is classic
Well done Chris! I think you will get praise from sportsmen and women across the globe! not only do idiots like ruin cycle sports like the Tour de France by running onto the stage they affect other sports too, just watch a stage of the World Rally Championship in Europe and also see what the drivers have to put up with! Spectators should be respectful at all sporting events, these sporting hero’s train hard and focus on their sport, one stupid move could potentially end in disaster or even end their careers. Authorities should do a better job of somehow controlling spectators at these events.
Good they deserve it !
That wasn’t a punch, your honour. It was just a gentle tap, to help the guy move out of the way.
They put the cyclists in danger!
The buffoon should be named, shamed and forced to pay a fine to the race organisers.
Well worth 200 Swiss francs!!