During the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, cyclist Chris Froome fended off a fan running alongside him by smacking him in the face.
The fan, wearing a Colombia soccer jersey and sporting a big sign and a yellow wig, got too close for comfort, Froome later said.
Froome told the Associated Press after the stage:
“I have absolutely nothing against the Colombian fans. They bring great (spirit) to the race. But this guy in particular was running right next to my handlebars. He had a flag that was flying out behind him and it was just getting dangerous so I pushed him away. I lashed out and pushed him away.”
Froome went on to win the stage, but was fined 200 Swiss francs (about $203).
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