Latest stage of the Tour de France hit by sabotage

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Bradley WigginsThe 14th stage of this year's Tour de France was hit by saboteurs who threw tacks onto the road and left 30 riders suffering punctures. Race leader Bradley Wiggins (1/8 to win Tour de France) was praised by organisers for "fair play" after halting competitive racing following the incident on the final climb. Wiggins slowed the pace to allow defending champion Cadel Evans to return to the group.

Tour etiquette dictates that rivals do not take advantage of another rider's misfortune concerning the mechanics of the bike. And, as soon as he realised what was happening, Team Sky's lead rider called for a truce.

Wiggins, Froome, Evans and Vincenzo Nibali (25/1 to be King of the Mountains) the four riders in contention to win this year's race, all reached the summit together but BMC rider Evans immediately jumped off his bike and removed his damaged back wheel.

However, the Australian's support car was struggling to get up the narrow mountain road which was lined with thousands of spectators and his first team-mate who could offer support, Britain's Steven Cummings, also had a rear wheel puncture. Evans (33/1 to win Tour de France) waited for more than one minute for assistance and then suffered two more punctures on the descent.

Any thoughts that Evans (Stage 15 betting) would lose significant time in the race though were tempered by the actions of Wiggins, who also had to change his own bike on the descent, although it is unclear whether he too suffered a puncture. Evans acknowledged the sportsmanship of Wiggins as the peloton crossed the line more than 18 minutes after race winner Sanchez (Stage 15 betting).

Rabobank rider Sanchez escaped from a group of five others, which included green points jersey leader Peter Sagan (Points Classification betting), with 11km of the 191km race from Limoux to Foix remaining and he held his form to complete the fourth Tour de France stage win of his career.

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