Tacks on road cause about 30 punctures at Tour

July 15, 2012 - 1:41 PM
Cycling Tour de France

Luis-Leon Sanchez of Spain crosses the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191 kilometers (118.7 miles) with start in Limoux and finish in Foix, France, Sunday July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

FOIX, France (AP) — Tacks on the road have caused flat tires for about 30 riders during the 14th stage of the Tour de France. Race officials are asking police to investigate.

Race director Jean-Francois Pecheux commended Sky Team for encouraging the pack to not speed ahead or take advantage of the disturbance. Among those affected was defending champion Cadel Evans. Sky Team's leader is Bradley Wiggins, who has the yellow jersey.

Pecheux said on French TV the search for the culprit would be difficult because thousands of fans were on the roadside at the time.

Stage winner Luis Leon Sanchez and several other breakaway riders were many minutes ahead of the pack. They appeared to be spared the sabotage during the 119-mile stage between Limoux and Foix.