Each year, despite the deployment of additional security resources, something happens on the road of the Tour de France bike race. This year, on last Saturday’s Stage, which was won by the British rider Stephen Cummings, a spectator threw a cup of urine at Chris Froome, yelling that he was a “doper.”

The incident happened after several accusations had been made against the British rider, who already won the Tour in 2013 and is leading the general standing. The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Le Monde that we had to “remain cautious” and “let the controls work before being suspicious.”

The French doctor Pierre Sallet, who studied Froome’s results, said that “the power he developed in the attack of La Pierre-Saint-Martin is abnormally high.” Dave Brailsford, director of the Froome’s Sky team, simply retorted that “Froome’s not cheating.”

Froome told the press he had seen the man before the attack. “I saw this guy just peering around and I thought, ‘That looks a bit strange,’ ” he said. “That’s unacceptable on so many levels.”

Although Froome wasn’t happy to finish the race covered in urine, he blamed the press for the attack, saying that he “would blame some of the reporting on the race that has been very irresponsible” for spreading the doping rumors.

Froome hasn’t given up on the Tour and hasn’t been disqualified. He’s still the leader of the race – 3 minutes and 10 seconds ahead from the Movistar’s rider Nairo Quintana.

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