Beausoleil - Reigning
Tour de France champion Chris Froome filed a report to police on
Tuesday alleging that he was deliberately "rammed" off his bicycle by a
hit-and-run driver while training in southern France.
The British rider posted a picture of his badly damaged bike on
Twitter but said he had escaped injury during the incident near his home
"Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me
onto the pavement!" tweeted the 31-year-old Froome, a three-time winner
of the Tour, road cycling's most prestigious race.
"Thankfully I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!"
The picture was geotagged from the French town of Beausoleil, just
next to Monaco, and retweeted more than 16 000 times in just a few
A police source in the neighbouring town of Menton said: "Mr Froome
filed a complaint at the police station in Beausoleil, where he was met
by an officer. He was very calm.
"He was hit by a vehicle which was right on his tail. He wasn't hurt but his bike was in bits.
"The problem is that he does not have the registration number of the
car and it will be a bit complicated (to find the motorist)."
Police will study CCTV footage along the road, the source said.
Froome's team Sky said he returned home to get a spare bike and continued his training after the incident.
Spanish star cyclist Alberto Contador tweeted the picture of Froome's mangled bike and the words: "No comment...!!!"
Last month, former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi was killed
when the 37-year-old Astana team rider was knocked off his bike after
colliding with a van while training near his home in central Italy.
Froome will defend his title when the Tour de France begins in Dusseldorf, Germany, on July 1.