Tour de France: A big day for the biggest cycling eventPublished July 7, 2015 by Sol FH
Big accident raises big questions for the coming stages of the Tour de France.
Today, the Tour de France heads into the fourth stage of racing and it has been a crazy race so far. The British hopeful Chris Froome took the yellow shirt after a crazy stage 3, but the big news is that Cancellara needed to withdraw from the race following a major accident.
Anvers to Mur de Huy, a beautiful and difficult section of the Tour de France but nothing out of the ordinary for professional cyclists. That was, however, until the accident that has forced five riders to abandon their chances at winning. The two major crashes involved many of the riders including overnight leader Fabian Cancellara. The Swiss star was thrown head first onto the side of the road about 60 km from the end of stage 3. He fractured two vertebrae in his lower back but finished the stage like a boss. For Froome, he has broken a British record with his 15th yellow jersey.
The leading contenders for the Tour are pulling away from the field and the big story is favorite Chris Froome, with a time of 7hrs 11mins 37secs. That is 36secs faster than second favorite Alberto Contador (currently 8th position). Officials thought to change the rules a little bit, as the stage three accidents caused a 10 minute delay. That was quickly reviewed and decided differently.
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