Vuelta spectator throws stick at Chris Froome – or did he?

Initial footage shows stick hit the face of Chris Froome on Stage 20 of the Vuelta a Espana, but subsequent footage offers explanation

Climbing up the final ascent of stage 20 on the Vuelta a Espana, there was nothing for it but for Chris Froome to lay everything on the line and take the race to leader Alberto Contador one last time.

But during the final climb, Froome appeared to be on the receiving end of a stick thrown from the crowd lined up on the roadside. The former Tour de France champion, though looking slightly perturbed, pressed on nonetheless but could only finish runner-up to Contador on the stage and in general classification.

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Subsequent fan footage posted the day after however, shows that said stick was not thrown directly at Froome, but was being banged on the ground as some sort of encouragement tool before splitting and flying towards the Sky rider.

Why would you bang a stick on the ground I hear you ask? I have no idea.

Froome jokingly posted about the incident later that day on Twitter saying:

You can see the explanation of stickgate in the video below.

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