Updated: 16/07/2012 09:13 | By pa.press.net

Stage hit by tacks



Bradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on Sunday

Bradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on Sunday

Sabotage struck the Tour de France on Sunday as leader Bradley Wiggins was forced to call a truce on stage 14 as a result of around 30 punctures caused by tacks on the road.

The riders were hit by the tacks - the race director confirmed their presence afterwards - towards the end of an absorbing stage.

At the summit of the Mur de Peguere, the second of two category one climbs on the day's 191-kilometre route from Limoux to Foix, Wiggins and defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) were among those to suffer flat tyres.

As Luis-Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) broke free of the day's escape to solo to victory, Wiggins called for the peloton to neutralise their effort to allow Evans to return to the group as they finished more than 18 minutes behind.

It left the top of the general classification unchanged and with Wiggins facing six more days' racing to keep the maillot jaune on a permanent basis as the Tour's first British winner.

Jean-Francois Pescheux, competitions director of Tour organisers Amaury Sports Organisation, said: "We don't know who it was. No-one saw anything.

"We've found some of the tacks. They're the kind of tacks you use in mattresses or carpets. They were obviously thrown by a spectator.

"There were around 50 riders together in the front peloton at the top and about 30 of them ended up with punctures. Some of them had three or four nails in their tires.

"We couldn't neutralise it straight away because we didn't know what had happened. Fortunately Sky neutralised the race."

17Comments
15/07/2012 20:40
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good luck wiggy great call british sense of fair play only 6 days to go
15/07/2012 22:49
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Why on earth would anyone want to do something like that. Some people are so stupid they could

caused a serious accident.  Bradley Wiggins is an absolute star he slowed everyone down to wait for

Cadel Evans. Come on Brad you deserve this win.

 

I love the Tour De France it is a sport for gentlemen

 

15/07/2012 21:43
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I'm happy to say that common sense has prevail, and Wiggins here goes a wish of Good Luck from Maida Vale. Hit them hard, and win for Sky and Britain.
15/07/2012 22:46
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Brad Wiggins - what a gent and a diamomnd geezer from NW6. Let's hope he keeps the Yellow Jersey all the way - with Cav winning in Paris.

 

Not likely certain riders in the peloton were targeted is it- to allow the breakaway to gain time? Just a thight.

 

Mike the bike - NW3

 

 

16/07/2012 06:32
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Kelly, why don't you spend some time learning at least some spelling and the basics of the language?  By the way, it isn't just on television, it actually exists in the real world..
16/07/2012 09:17
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Well done Wiggo, Sky, and all the riders in the peleton. Its great to see leadership and sportsmanship exhibited on the world stage.
16/07/2012 08:12
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kelly you are great i expect at telling us the next storyline from eastenders or getting your unfit **** parked on a sofa eating some more cake these people ride for two weeks so do you not think you need to be fit even to finish it let alone win it still i will be cheering brad home i hope he wins it and you kelly carry on studying for your degree in soaps
16/07/2012 08:28
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Jim, I'm sure your statement about the French is not true...they probably just don't like people like you.
16/07/2012 10:00
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so  no one knew the road had no tacks on it  I guess they could also ride over a cliff face  or disappear without trace . 
Cheating always goes on in sport  if money is at stake  .
good to see sponsors  taking a u turn  good on all cyclists   who are honest  and fans of sport
wiggo   well done

16/07/2012 10:16
16/07/2012 11:14
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Great to see such sportsmanship in such money driven sport. Good luck Brad youcan do it !!!
15/07/2012 20:35
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why we ever liberated the french from the germans in ww2 i will never know, cheating scum have always hated us brits
16/07/2012 05:47
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I would do it probly dig up the road make a huge hole and cover it with a sheet that looks like road who cares about this its not really a sport its just people on stupid bikes...you wouldn't say to a boxer dont punch him in the face or you seen football thats gay when a guy don't even get hurt and he pretends his hurting to get attention...stuff watching sport get out there and do it..why watch sport anyway is mm how you say it lazy couch potatos tv
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Stage hit by tacksSabotage struck the Tour de France on Sunday as leader Bradley Wiggins was forced to call a truce on stage 14 as a result of around 30 punctures caused by tacks on the road.pa.press.net2012-07-16T09:13:552012-07-16T09:13:55Bradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundaySabotage struck the Tour de France on Sunday as leader Bradley Wiggins was forced to call a truce on stage 14 as a result of around 30 punctures caused by tacks on the road.The riders were hit by the tacks - the race director confirmed their presence afterwards - towards the end of an absorbing stage.At the summit of the Mur de Peguere, the second of two category one climbs on the day's 191-kilometre route from Limoux to Foix, Wiggins and defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) were among those to suffer flat tyres.As Luis-Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) broke free of the day's escape to solo to victory, Wiggins called for the peloton to neutralise their effort to allow Evans to return to the group as they finished more than 18 minutes behind.It left the top of the general classification unchanged and with Wiggins facing six more days' racing to keep the maillot jaune on a permanent basis as the Tour's first British winner.Jean-Francois Pescheux, competitions director of Tour organisers Amaury Sports Organisation, said: "We don't know who it was. No-one saw anything."We've found some of the tacks. They're the kind of tacks you use in mattresses or carpets. They were obviously thrown by a spectator."There were around 50 riders together in the front peloton at the top and about 30 of them ended up with punctures. Some of them had three or four nails in their tires."We couldn't neutralise it straight away because we didn't know what had happened. Fortunately Sky neutralised the race."seo_keywordsTour de France tacks su17Bradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on SundayBradley Wiggins was amongst the riders to suffer a puncture on Sunday

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