Scandal!: Tour De France Sabotaged?

A second consecutive scandal on Stage 15 of the Tour de France?

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Reigning Australian Tour De France champion Cadel Evans is one of many furious riders, angry after the 15th stage was allegedly sabotaged.

The new scandal, which occurred just a day after what people have dubbed “tack attack”, saw an oil spill found on the 2.1 km descent down Cote de Lahitte-Touphiere.

Six riders were able to break away from the peloton earlier on, but when main group encountered the oil about 45km from the finish line they came to a mutual agreement to end their chase.

The peloton had reduced the six sprinters lead to five minutes, but the spill meant Evans came in 12 minutes behind stage winner Pierrick Fedrigo.

With three-quarters of the Tour already completed, the oil spill robbed Evans of a chance to make up ground on Englishman Bradley Wiggins. While both Evans and Wiggins were part of the peloton that were held behind, it robbed the Aussie of a chance to catch the race leader. He is currently 3 minutes and 19secs behind rival Wiggins.

"Until now I'm fourth in the 'GC' (general classification) and I hate coming fourth," Evans said.

It is not known if the oil on the track was another deliberate attempt at sabotage.

On Sunday, havoc ensured when tacks were thrown on Mur de Peguere. Around 30 riders suffered punctured tyres with one rider, Robert Kiserlovski, breaking his collarbone when he was forced to avoid a teammate, causing him to crash.

Unfortunately, the Tour runs the event like a fascist government and it is almost impossible to find footage of any stage of the event, let alone one of these controversies.