Froome lost the yellow jersey – if only for 48 hours – when the race tackled the Pyrenees last week but looked much stronger as he covered several attacks from his rivals on the Galibier.“I felt quite in control,” Froome said.
“Certainly a lot better than I did in the Pyrenees, so that’s a good sign.“I’m very happy with that.
In reality, skijoring has been around for hundreds of years, dating back to the 14th century in Scandinavian countries.
Along with skijoring, White Turf features horse racing and chariot racing and draws over 35,000 spectators a day. For a listing of 2016 skijoring competitions across the United States click here.But Italian national champion Fabio Aru was dropped on the Galibier and conceded 31 seconds, dropping from second to fourth, now 53 seconds down.This was the first – and on paper the hardest – of two consecutive days in the Alps which could decide the Tour even before Saturday’s time trial in Marseille.The graphic wreck, on full display for thousands to see, broke the horse's leg. The incident occurred after a similar situation at the fifth-annual skijoring event in the town of Minturn only a week earlier, on Saturday, Feb. The back-to-back circumstances at contests, where alcohol and a party atmosphere are widespread, created a wave of inquiries on social media that questioned the safety measures and well-being of the horses competing in this growing sport where mountain life meets cowboy culture.In Minturn's case, rider Lenny Hay of Wyoming, aboard his horse Pepper and dragging sport skier Colin Cook of Montana, completed the course for the final run of the afternoon's competition.