Tour de France Tack Attack: July 16, 2012 Results
Tacks on Tour de France course Cause Crashes
On July 15, 2012, some jerk (or jerks) threw tacks onto the course during Stage 14 of the 2012 Tour de France. The carpet tacks, which popped tires at the summit of Mur de Peguere, caused several crashes; and Team Astana's Robert Kiserlovski had to drop out of the race due to a broken collarbone.
French police are investigating the thumbtack incident: surprisingly, this has never happened before during the Tour de France. We say "surprising" because there is no barrier whatsoever between fans and cyclists during le Tour.
Tour leader Bradley Wiggins (who was hit in the arm with a flare only three days ago) put it bluntly: "We're out there, quite vulnerable at times, very close to the public on climbs. We're just the riders at the end of the day and we're there to be shot at, literally.''
Stage 15, a flat 99-mile stage from Samatan to Pau, was less dramatic.
Results after Stage 15 of 2012 Tour e France
- Bradley Wiggins (Yellow Jersey)
- ChristopherFroome +2'05"
- Vincenzo Nibali +2'23"
- Cadel Evans +3'19"
- Jurgen Van Den Broeck +4'48"
June 17 is a rest day; five stages remain, including the largely-ceremonial finish in Paris.