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'I've never seen this before' - the moment Chris Froome runs up slopes after 'chaotic' Tour de France crash

It has been described as a chaotic finale of the 12th stage in the Tour de France.

Defending champion Chris Froome retained the leader's yellow jersey on the Tour de France despite his bike being broken in a pile-up involving Australian rider Richie Porte.

The incident happened close to the finish and Froome, of Team Sky, began running up the slopes of the Mont Ventoux before grabbing a service bike which did not work.

The Briton was then given a spare Team Sky bike, on which he completed the 178km stage, losing over a minute to his main rivals.

However, the race jury then ruled that he would be credited with the same time as the two riders he was with when the incident occurred.

BMC Racing rider Porte, who was leading Froome and Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo), crashed into a TV motorbike that was held up by the crowd on the road.

Mollema and Froome also tumbled and the Briton's bike was broken in the incident.

The overall lead was first handed to Briton Adam Yates (Orica-Bike Exchange) before the standings were updated and Froome was handed the yellow jersey on the podium.

"Chris Froome and Richie Porte have been given the same time as Bauke Mollema due to the incident in the finale. Froome retains the yellow jersey," organisers said in a statement.

"I'm very happy with the commissaires' decision, I think it was the right thing to do, thanks to the jury and thanks to the organisers," Froome told reporters.

Yates added: "I'm happy with the decision, I would not want to take the jersey like that. I wanted to take it with my legs."

Yates now trails Froome by 47 seconds in second place.

"It's a fair decision," said Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford.

Froome's main rival Nairo Quintana (Movistar) of Colombia is third, 54 seconds behind, with fourth-placed Mollema 56 seconds off the pace.

Porte was in 11th place overall, two minutes and 22 seconds off the pace.

Froome had been the strongest of the top favourites in a stage shortened because of violent winds at top of the Ventoux, dropping main rival Quintana with about 3km left as only Porte and Mollema could follow his pace.

"The motorbike could not progress and there was a pile-up in which Chris's bike was broken," said Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal.

"It was a nightmare."

Portal added he was also held up behind the race stewards and could not drive up to his rider so that his mechanic could hand him a spare bike.

"It's an incident created by the event. There are more and more people lining up the road. It's got nothing to do with sport," the Frenchman said.

"It was crazy. On a 200-metre portion there were hundreds of spectators blocking the road."

Belgian Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) won the 12th stage with his compatriot Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) coming second ahead of Spain's Dani Navarro (Cofidis).

Froome will have the opportunity to extend his lead in Friday's 13th stage, a 37.5km individual time trial from Bourg Saint Andeol and La Caverne du Pont d'Arc.

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Not-pregnant Jennifer Aniston lauded for gutsy blog on Huff Post: 'I'm fed up'

Jennifer Aniston has been the subject of tabloid exploitation for two decades now and has finally spoken up asking for a change to body shaming and an end to the speculation of her uterus. 

On Tuesday the Huffington Post published an opinion piece written by the actress herself called 'For The Record.'

She addressed the gossip by saying, "for the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I'm fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of "journalism," the "First Amendment" and "celebrity news."

Aniston went on to blast the media, arguing that celebrity news perpetuated "this dehumanising view of females, focused solely on one's physical appearance."

The scrutiny 47-year-old Aniston endures does not end at the pregnancy rumours of late. After being cast as America's girl next door, Rachel Green in popular TV show Friends, tabloids, gossip magazines and websites have speculated every step of the 'it girl's' life. 

Following her split with ex-husband Brad Pitt she was portrayed as a "scorned wife", and then turning 40 the GQ article "Lordy, Lordy, this woman is 40" appeared and she was known to the media as the 'single aging woman', reports The New York Times. 

"The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing," wrote Aniston, "we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies."

A researcher of Women's and Gender Studies at the College of New Jersey, Amanda Rossie told the New York Times that the obsession about women and pregnancy goes beyond Aniston, because it is ingrained in our culture to "police and survey" womens bodies. 

"We still see women who choose not to become mothers as flawed," said Ms Rossie. "That's the social contract we've all signed."

Aniston ended her essay by suggesting that tabloids will have to see the world through a different lense if consumers stop buying into the lies. 

"What can change is our awareness and reaction to the toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping our ideas of who we are," she said.

Jennifer Aniston. Source: Bang Showbiz


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