Riders taking 'big risks' make Tour de France descents dangerous, says event director

Thierry Gouvenou says the descents of the Tour aren't dangerous, but riders put themselves in danger by taking too many high-speed risks

A rider descends on stage nine of the Tour de France (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Tour de France organiser ASO says that it is not the roads, but the riders to blame for the crashes. They take "many risks" on the descents like the Mont du Chat on stage nine.

Many riders including Geraint Thomas (Sky), Richie Porte (BMC Racing), second and fifth overall, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) crashed and abandoned on the slightly damp day. Some followers questioned if the ASO should re-consider using some descents.

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