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Cycling: Froome loses Tour lead in Mont Ventoux chaos

Cycling - The Tour de France cycling race - The 178-km (110.6 miles) Stage 12 from Montpellier to Chalet-Reynard - 14/07/2016 - Yellow jersey leader Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain holds his bicycle on the road after a fall. REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool
Cycling - The Tour de France cycling race - The 178-km (110.6 miles) Stage 12 from Montpellier to Chalet-Reynard - 14/07/2016 - Yellow jersey leader Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain holds his bicycle on the road after a fall. REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool

MONT VENTOUX, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome lost his Tour de France overall leader's yellow jersey after an incident involving a motorbike left him without a bike in a chaotic finale of the 12th stage on Thursday.

The Briton's bike was broken in a pile-up when Richie Porte collided with a TV motorbike close to the finish and the Team Sky rider began running up the slopes of the Mont Ventoux before grabbing a service bike which did not work.

Froome was then given a spare Team Sky bike on which he completed the 178-km stage, losing over 1:30 to his main rivals.

Belgian Thomas De Gendt won the stage.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Martyn Herman)

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