Allowing Chris Froome to keep his yellow jersey after the carnage that ensued on Mont Ventoux was an unprecedented move by race commissaires – but absolutely the right call.
Froome was charging clear of Nairo Quintana and his GC rivals when Richie Porte (BMC Racing) rode into the back of a race moto, which had stopped suddenly as a result of the roadside fans.
Froome and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), who was also powering the move, were brought down in the incident, with Porte suffering a slight mechanical and Froome needing a new bike.
The sight of Froome running up Mont Ventoux, in the yellow jersey – so focussed on winning the Tour, it was the first thing to pop into his head upon learning how far back the team car was – will live long in the memory.
But it was a sight which could, and most definitely should, have been avoided.