Omar Fraile wins stage 14 while Froome and Thomas finish together

Rigoberto Uran

Rigoberto Uran

Tour de France leader Geraint Thomas says being booed by the crowd did not affect him after he enjoyed a mainly comfortable 13th stage on Friday.

Peter Sagan, right, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, crosses the finish line in stage 13.

After the drama of Alpe D'Huez, Friday's 169.5 kilometer stage from Bourg d'Oisans to Valence was a far more straightforward affair.

Behind about 20 riders with a kilometre to go, Sagan charged to overtake runner-up Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Demare, who finished third, at the finish line.

Team Sky's Froome was struck by at least one spectator a little under seven kilometres from the summit of the famous climb and seemed to be spat at shortly after, on his way to a fourth-placed finish as team-mate Geraint Thomas took victory.

"As a Frenchman, I'm ashamed", Sky sports director Nicolas Portal said.

Chris Wood closing in on leaders with hot round
Fleetwood, the top player on the European Tour previous year , put together the best round of the week at Carnoustie with a 65. Playing from the rough he went for the green but found the Barry Burn and ended up with double-bogey six.

Tom Dumoulin stayed third overall at 1:50 behind.

"I would rather be on the podium and be booed than be on the bus and have everyone cheering me, " Thomas said.

With the Tour dropping down from the Alps, there were only two categorized climbs for the riders to contend. De Gendt won the first of the day at Côte de Brié while Scully won the second at Côte de Sainte-Eulalie-en-Royans.

Fernando Gaviria and Dylan Groenewegen, who both won two stages on this Tour, along with Andre Greipel all abandoned the race on Thursday, while 30-stage victor Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel failed to make the time cut on Wednesday.

Twenty-four hours after four-time victor Chris Froome was slapped and apparently spat at by elements within the massed crowds on Alpe d'Huez, there was fresh trouble when a spectator threw the flare around 16 and a half kilometres before the finish of the 169.5km stage from Bourg d'Oisans.

The 14th stage at the Tour de France, the 188km run from St-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende gets under way at 12.05pm (BST) and is scheduled to reach KMO at 12.10pm. "But suddenly, we've seen a lot more", Froome told reporters, via AFP.

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