Video: Chris Froome smacks spectator on stage 8 climb

The reigning Tour de France champ lashed out at an encroaching spectator in a yellow wig and cape

Today's stage winner, current yellow jersey holder, and reigning Tour de France champ, Chris Froome, had an eventful day in the saddle today, not least in the fan-relations department.

Sure, the Brit's stunning descent to the finish line which gave him a 13 second lead on the day and launched him into yellow for the first time this year, will grab all the headlines.

However, a little while earlier the Olympic bronze medalist was caught on camera smacking an overzealous fan in the side of the head on one of the day's four climbs.

The fan's full yellow outfit, from wig to cape, indicated that he was a Colombian fan. He also appeared to be having a great time running alongside Froome, until he was brought back to reality with a smack to the head.

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This is far from the first altercation Froome has had with spectators during the Tour de France. It seems that if they're not throwing cups of urine at him, or spitting at him on climbs, they're forcing him to smack them out of the way.

A very similar incident to todays took place in the 2013 Tour while Froome was in a break with Nairo Quintana.

While these incidents may seem somewhat comical given Froome's direct treatment of the encroaching spectators, the danger that these fans can cause is far from a joke.

Here's only one example of a spectator causing a huge crash at the Tour de France.

Notice how little contact is actually required to cause a large number of riders to crash:

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