Champ Cummings In crash as Froome extends tour lead

BRITAIN’S Steve Cummings took a nasty tumble on one of the Tour de France’s toughest stages as he flew over his handlebars and into a grassy field.

The British champion went head over heels as he attempted to avoid a crash in stage 17 of the three-week Grand Tour as Chris Froome put one hand on ANOTHER win.

Steve Cummings
Steve Cummings careered off the road on stage 17 on the Tour de France before going over the handlebars
Cummings was unfortunate as he was caught behind the crash that caused him to head off-road

Cummings, 36, won stages on the last two editions of the famous race.

But today was bumped and bruised after attempting to brake into a grassy field before flipping over his handlebars.

He went off the road, down a grassy bank but hit a bump in the turf and careered head over heels a few times at speed before coming to a halt.

Elsewhere in the same crash, 102 miles from the end of the stage that went over Col du Galibier in the Alps, sprinter Marcel Kittel had to abandon.

The German carried on after hitting his shoulder but his team Quick-Step confirmed he had climbed off his bike and will not make it to Paris.

Meanwhile Froome rode superbly up the highest climb in this year’s race as he put a big time gap between himself and main rival Fabio Aru.

Froome, 32, was marshalled up the Galibier by Mikel Landa, but used his brilliant descending skills to extend the gap to Aru from 18 seconds to 53sec.

Steve Cummings went head over heels as he fell off his bike on the brutal mountain stage in the Alps
Marcel kittel showed off some nasty wounds after his crash in stage 17

Aru is in fourth, 53sec back but the race has another tough Tour de France stage in the Izoard on Thursday.

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