Froome slams Contador tactics
Gap - Tour de France leader Chris Froome has slammed rival Alberto Contador after claiming the Spaniard used "dangerous" tactics in a bid to loosen his grip on the yellow jersey. Froome came over the finish of the 168 km 16th stage over 11 minutes behind winner Rui Costa of Movistar to maintain his 4min 14sec lead over Dutchman Bauke Mollema and his 4:25 cushion on former two-time winner Contador. However the Team Sky leader skirted with disaster, narrowly missing colliding with Contador when the Saxo team leader lost control after a tight right-hand bend on a notoriously dangerous descent.
"I personally feel that some teams are starting to get desperate now and are taking uncalculated risks," said Froome, who has held the race lead since winning stage eight at Ax-Trois-Domains in the Pyrenees. "It seemed that (Roman) Kreuziger and Contador were taking it in turns to come from the back with a bit of acceleration and try to force a small gap on the descent, hoping that we'd lay off and give them a bit more space.
"On this particular corner, Contador just came through fairly quickly and he struggled to hold on to his bike, to keep control of it, and he crashed just in front of me. "I went off to the left, slightly off the road.
"If you ask me, it was dangerous for Alberto to do that. Contador has so far been dominated by Froome in the high mountain stages of the race, forcing the Spaniard to take every possible opporunity to close his deficit before the race finishes on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who also escaped unscathed from the incident, was unapologetic. And his team sporting director Fabrizio Guidi warned: "Going for the overall (victory) is not just something we say.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24