BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France (July 20, 2012)--A large black dog crossed the road Friday in front of Tour de France riders and caused a crash in the peloton involving Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Denis Menchov of Russia.
All the racers who fell were able to resume.
The crash occurred after 120 kilometers of Friday's 18th stage of the race between Blagnac and Brive-la-Gaillarde.
Gilbert, a former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner, angrily approached the dog's owners on the side of the road but was held back by BMC team manager John Lelangue.
Five years ago, Frenchman Sandy Casar won a Tour stage despite crashing because of a dog.