GALLERY: THE CHAOS OF STAGE 12 IN IMAGES
Things began to go sideways for Stage 12 the previous day when the stage was shortened by 6 kilometers because the forecast of high winds wouldn’t allow for a true Mont Ventoux summit finish.
With the finish moved further down the hill, organizers said more fans packed onto the remaining climb than what was anticipated.
Riders from in the break managed to carve a line through the throngs of supporters.
With just 3 kilometers to go, Froome distanced his Movistar rivals of Valverde and Quintana. Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema joined Froome at the head of the GC group.
After striking a spectator and unable to proceed through the crowd, the moto ahead of Porte, Froome and Mollema stopped, resulting in the three riders piling into the back of it.
Mollema and Porte were able to get up and continue, but Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F8 broke and was unable to be ridden.
After discarding his broken bike, Froome tried to limit losses by running up the hill until neutral support could reach him.
After a short stint on a Mavic neutral bike with the wrong pedals, the Sky team car finally made it up to him and got him his spare bike to finish the stage on.
But let’s not forget about the day’s victor: Thomas De Gendt took a fine stage win for Lotto after riding in the break all day. All was not lost for Froome and Porte, as the race jury awarded them the same time as Bauke Mollema, allowing them to grow their overall lead over the other rivals.