Cycling - Tour de France

Wiggins hit by flares during 12th stage

Tour de France overall leader Bradley Wiggins suffered a minor burn to his arm after he was touched by a flare during the 12th stage.

Wiggins hit by flares - Cycling - Tour de FranceAFP

Spectators ran along the peloton with flares on the way from St Jean de Maurienne and Wiggins was among those slightly touched by them.

"I got hit on the arm with a flare, it burnt my arm a little but other than that I'm alright," the Briton told a news conference. "There were quite a few guys running up the hill who lit flares."

The peloton reacted swiftly: "There were quite a few bottles thrown their way," said Wiggins. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Alan Baldwin)

 - Reuters
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