Etixx boss says cars and motorbikes helped Froome and Sagan in breakaway

Patrick Lefevere complains that the motorbikes and organisation car in front of the break on stage 11 of the Tour de France aided the winning group

Etixx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere described the positioning of motorbikes and an organiser's car in front of the decisive four-man break on stage 11 of the Tour de France as 'outrageous'.

On paper, the stage looked to be one for the sprinters, with Etixx's Marcel Kittel looking for his second victory of the race, but in reality crosswinds and a late attack by Tinkoff and Team Sky riders ended the chances for the fast men.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.