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Tour de France unaffected after car crashes into barriers

Tour de France race director Thierry Gouvenou has said the race will not be affected by an earlier incident in Paris in which shots were fired at a car which drove into barriers set up for the final leg of the event.

Police at the scene of the incident Credit: RTV

Paris police said the driver escaped after refusing to obey police near the Place de la Concorde.

Hundreds of thousands of people gather in the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysees for the race's final leg, which is due to arrive in the city later.

"This is a minor incident. It wasn't aimed at the Tour de France, it's not terrorism, it's just a simple refusal to comply, as there are many every day," a police official told Reuters.

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Police hunt man 'who drove through Tour de France barricades'

Police in Paris are hunting a man who reportedly drove through Tour de France barricades hours before the final arrival of the race.

Officers waiting for the riders to arrive are believed to have opened fire on the car on Place de la Concorde at 8am this morning but the driver, who may have been wounded, drove away.

Local media reported the driver was injured and that there was activity around the US Embassy in the city after the incident.

Chris Froome set to win 2015 Tour de France

Chris Froome effectively sealed a second Tour de France title despite Nairo Quintana's nerve-shredding ascent of Alpe-d'Huez.

Froome is poised to win the Tour de France again. Credit: PA

Froome, the 2013 champion, led nearest rival Quintana (Movistar) by two minutes 38 seconds entering the 110.5-kilometres 20th stage from Modane Valfrejus.

The Team Sky leader's advantage was cut dramatically by the Colombian climber on the 13.8km finishing ascent and its 21 hairpin bends.

But Quintana ran out of road ahead of Sunday's ceremonial finish in Paris, where Froome will stand atop the podium for a second time.

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won the stage, with Quintana second, 18 seconds behind and Froome one minute 38 seconds adrift of the Frenchman in fourth.

For the latest highlights, standings and reaction visit ITV's Tour de France website.


Froome has urine thrown in his face at Tour de France

Chris Froome is leading the Tour de France. Credit: PA

Chris Froome claimed he was drenched in urine and called a "doper" after enhancing his Tour de France lead on a 14th stage won by fellow Briton Steve Cummings.

Froome (Team Sky) now leads nearest rival Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by three minutes 10 seconds, with his dominance bringing about innuendo and abuse.

The 30-year-old insists he is a clean rider.

He told ITV4: "A spectator threw a cup of urine in my face and said 'doper'."

Froome added: "You don't do that to anyone. It's not in the name of sport.

"That's extremely disappointing. Unfortunately I think a lot of the reporting on the race has been very irresponsible.

"What can I do? I can get angry. I'd rather keep my composure and stay focused on the race."

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