‘You morons!’ Tour de France riders hit by nail attack causing mass punctures

Tour de France riders have been attacked by nails on the highway of the ultimate kilometres of stage two in San Sebastian.

A number of riders suffered punctures within the final throes of the 209km journey via the Spanish Basque Nation. Lilian Calmejane posted a video on social media exhibiting his bike after the race, with 5 nails embedded within the entrance tyre.

‘Thanks for this sort of human bulls**t…” he tweeted. “I don’t suppose I used to be the one sufferer of a puncture ultimately… know you can fall and get actually harm along with your bulls**t you morons.”

Race radio introduced a collection of punctures from round 20km to the end line, with 15-20 riders affected. Race organiser ASO is investigating the incident.

Ineos Grenadiers’ Tom Pidcock was a kind of who suffered a sluggish puncture however was in a position to make it to the end. Luke Durbridge of Jayco-Alula additionally suffered a puncture and his tyres have been studded with nails.

Groupama-FDJ sports activities director Philippe Mauduit mentioned some riders in his crew had suffered punctures resulting from nails whereas a consultant for the Lotto Dstny crew mentioned two of their riders have been additionally affected.

In 2012, dozens of riders and a few race motorbikes suffered punctures after the ascent to the Mur de Peguere in the course of the 14th stage to Foix after nails had been thrown onto the highway.

Victor Lafay gave his Cofidis crew their first Tour de France win in 15 years when he claimed the second stage. The Frenchman powered away with one kilometre to go and held off the chasers within the last metres, whereas Tadej Pogacar completed third to assert bonus seconds on reigning champion Jonas Vingegaard.

Extra reporting by Reuters

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