Footage has emerged of Nairo Quintana getting a cheeky little tow off a race motorbike in the immediate aftermath of the crash involving Richie Porte, Chris Froome and Bauke Mollema.
In the video, the Colombian can be seen cruising past the camera holding onto a bike wheel which is being carried by a Mavic motorbike.
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Quintana will presumably argue that he only caught hold for stability; to avoid falling amid the melee.
It’s not yet known how long he held on for. Race organisers have yet to comment.
The crash involving Porte, Froome and Mollema saw the trio collide with a race motorbike which had been caught up in the crowds. Froome’s bike was damaged in the incident and he was reduced to running for several hundred metres in a panicked attempt to minimise his time losses.
As it turned out, the race jury gave Porte and Froome the same time as Mollema, the first of the trio to cross the line. This meant that Froome actually extended his lead over Yates to 48 seconds, with Mollema rising to third overall.