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Video: Chris Froome spat at by spectator during today's Tour de France stage

Incident towards top of climb to La Toussuire caught on camera

Tour de France race leader Chris Froome, who had a cup of urine thrown at him during last Saturday’s Stage 14, was today spat at by a spectator, with the incident caught on camera.

Danish television station TV2 picked up on the incident, which happened towards the end of today’s Stage 19 to La Toussuire, where Froome finished third behind defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Movistar’s Nairo Quintana.

– Tour de France Stage 19: Nibali takes solo win, Quintana takes time back from Froome



Team Sky have blamed the French media for fuelling sentiment against Froome and other of their riders during the race – Richie Porte was punched by a spectator last Monday, and members of the team have been subject to verbal abuse.

Froome himself has singled out ex-pro cyclists turned TV pundits Laurent Jalabert and Cedric Vasseur for dropping strong hints that they believe his performances are artificially enhanced.

The race leader was unaware of what had happened until it was pointed out to him in the post-race press conference: "We're human beings, and then we're sportsmen," he said. "People need to remember that.

"You can't come to a bike race to spit at people or to punch people or to throw urine at them - that's not acceptable at any level," he added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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