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Tour de France race leader Bradley Wiggins has spoken about the truce he called in the peloton to help his rival Cadel Evans, after he suffered a puncture caused by tacks thrown on the road.
He said, "I thought it was the honourable thing to do. Nobody wants to benefit from someone else's misfortune. I thought it was the best thng to do."
Sabotage struck the Tour de France today as around 30 punctures were caused by tacks on the road.
At the summit of the Mur de Peguere, the second of two category one climbs on the day's 191-kilometre route from Limoux to Foix, leader Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Cadel Evans were among those to suffer flat tyres.
As Luis-Leon Sanchez won the stage, Wiggins called for the peloton to neutralise their effort to allow Evans to return to the group as they finished more than 18 minutes behind.
It left the top of the general classification unchanged and Wiggins kept the leader's yellow jersey.
The race director confirmed that the riders were hit by the tacks towards the end of an absorbing stage.