From superb racing to shock crashes, mechanical mishaps to the just plain weird, the 2016 Tour de France has had it all. Here are the top unmissable moments from the Tour so far to whet your appetite for the final week.
20 Jul 2016 - 6:51 AM  UPDATED 20 Jul 2016 - 11:08 AM
Wednesday 20 Jul 2016

We've seen a few clashes between spectators and riders this year, with one of the most spectacular being George Bennett's shoulder charge on the Andorra Arcalis climb. As Bennett said after the stage: 'They got Sonny Billed.'

Stage 12 was notable for a number of reasons - more on those later - but one that shouldn't be forgotten is the crash that took Gerrans out of the 2016 with a broken collarbone. A seemingly innocuous corner rapidly goes south as Gerro goes down like a sack of spuds, taking two Sky domestiques with him. Ouch.


Chris Froome isn't exactly the pre-eminent cycling stylish of our time, but his daredevil descending style on Stage 8 saw him earn the sobriquet 'frog on a skateboard'.

It may not be pretty to see his gangly limbs spinning furiously as he balances on the top tube, but it was certainly effective.

It says something about the chaotic nature of this Tour that an incident like this is not even in our top three moments.

Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) was speeding towards the final kilometre of Stage 7 when the flamme rouge was accidentally unplugged by a spectator - cue instant faceplant. It may have dented Yates's chin but not his form, as he's currently sitting in third on GC.

It's been a long time coming for one of Australia's brightest cycling talents, but he finally bagged his first Tour stage after struggling through last year's Tour and missing the 2014 edition.

Even better, the victory followed a tactical masterclass from Orica-BikeExchange as they expertly worked over The Strongest Man in Cycling, Peter Sagan.

Poor Richie can't catch a break. After his puncture on Stage 2, things were finally looking up as he launched a searing attack on Mont Ventoux on Stage 12. However, the combination of overcrowded roads and too many motos ended in disaster as a media moto stalled in front of him - bringing down Porte, Froome and Bauke Mollema in short order. 

This is likely to be THE enduring image of this Tour. Following the aforementioned moto crash on Mont Ventoux, Froome's bike was kaput with no team car and no neutral service options. What else to do but start running?

The incident descended further into farce when a nigh-unrideable neutral service bike was given to Froome, but it all ended well in the end: an appeal to the race jury resulted in Froome bolstering his lead, which was further extended in the next day's time trial.


Just because we love him, here's a compilation of Peter Sagan being Captain Awesome too.