Chris Froome Running Up Mont Ventoux
Stage 12, Tour de France 2016 (Montpellier to Mont Ventoux), July 14th 2016
We are delighted to offer this double photo presentation of one of the most bizarre and memorable moments in the history of the world’s most famous bike race – The Tour de France.
The iconic Mont Ventoux stage is always one of the most eagerly anticipated stages with huge crowds gathering at the iconic finish at the summit of the mountain. High winds forecast at the summit forced organisers to reduce the length of the stage, moving the finish 7km’s down to Chalet Reynard.
As race leader Chris Froome approached the finish with former team mate Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema, a photographer motorbike was forced to stop suddenly by the swarming crowds not controlled by the usual final 1km roadside barriers. With no time to react Richie Porte crashed into the motorbike taking out Chris Froome and his bike in the process.
With his bike too damaged to ride, Chris Froome began his famous run up the slopes of Mont Ventoux. An initial attempt to provide a replacement bike failed and Froome continued to run up the mountain until he was within 500 metres of the finish, where he finally received a bike that allowed him to complete the stage.
Uncertainty reigned as the stage result initially resulted in Chris Froome losing significant time and the yellow jersey to fellow Briton Adam Yates and more crucially vital time to main rival Nairo Quintana. However, the organisers’ race jury later reversed the decision taking into account the relative positions of the key riders at the time of the crash.
This meant that Chris Froome retained the race leader’s yellow jersey and in the following days powered away from his rivals to win his 3rd Tour de France title.
The double photo presentation is available as a 28” x 20” photographic print, a frame ready mount and 28” x 20” and fully framed at approx.. 31” x 23”.
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