Bro­ken bikes slow 2 Tour con­tenders

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MUR DE BRE­TAGNE, France — Some­times in cy­cling the bike can be the rider’s big­gest en­emy.

Tour de France con­tenders Tom Du­moulin and Ro­main Bardet both lost sig­nif­i­cant time in the over­all stand­ings af­ter spokes on their wheels snapped near the up­hill end of Stage 6 on Thurs­day.

Both ti­tle hope­fuls were left be­hind by the rest of the top rid­ers as they in­creased the pace hunt­ing for the win that fi­nally went to Daniel Martin of Ire­land.

Du­moulin said his bike broke when he knocked into Bardet near the foot of the sec­ond of two two-kilo­me­ter as­cents up the Mur de Bre­tagne to the fin­ish line.

“I hit the back wheel of Bardet when there was the move­ment in the pelo­ton and I couldn’t avoid it,” the Dutch rider said. “I needed to change wheel and chase to the fin­ish as hard as pos­si­ble but it was very dif­fi­cult.”

Du­moulin and his Sun­web team com­pounded the me­chan­i­cal mishap by get­ting a 20-sec­ond penalty when Du­moulin stayed too close to the team car while try­ing to catch the pack, thereby ben­e­fit­ing from its draft that pulled him along.

PETER DEJONG/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The pack rides past a burn­ing haystack Thurs­day at the Tour de France.

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