'Impatient' Driver Hits Tour de France Champ

Chris Froome uninjured in Tuesday crash
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2017 7:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Chris Froome will be aiming for his fourth Tour de France victory—and his third in a row—when the famous race kicks off in July. But he was almost pushed to the sidelines. The British cyclist, currently one of the best in the world, says a motorist deliberately struck him as he was riding his bike in southern France on Tuesday, the BBC reports.

Froome says he was "rammed on purpose by an impatient driver" who followed him in Beausoleil, then fled the scene. Froome, the three-time winner of the Criterium du Dauphine race for which he was training, says he was unhurt but his bike was totaled. His team tells the Guardian the 31-year-old grabbed a spare bike and continued training after the crash, which will be reported to police. (Read more cycling stories.)

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