TOUR de France leader Chris Froome blasted yellow jersey rival Alberto Contador for some overzealous racing, despite maintaining his winning margin after stage 16 yesterday.
The Team Sky rider was furious with Contador after the Spaniard looked to make ground on Froome’s overall lead with a series of aggressive attacks on the descent into Gap, which led to both men veering off the road on the way down the Col de Manse.
However, the British contender still holds a four minutes 14 seconds advantage, following an otherwise uneventful stage won comfortably by Rui Costa.
And, with five stages to go, Froome was grateful serious damage was not done to his lead.
“He was pushing the limits too far and he took himself down in front of me, which also put me at risk,” he said. “I had to go off the road for a second to try and get around him. I don’t think it was necessary to take those kind of risks.
“One second you can be going for the finish and about to win a race, and the next moment you’re lying in a ditch somewhere with broken bones. Nothing is guaranteed in cycling.”
Froome will hope to lengthen his lead today, when the Tour continues with a 32km individual time trial from Embrun to Chorges.