VIDEO: Tour de France cyclists nearly hit runaway dog

Throughout most of the Tour de France, there aren't any barriers to separate the outside world from the cyclists. This can cause all kinds of wild, memorable moments during the grueling 21-stage event -- like what happened on Sunday. 

During the second stage, a dog ran away from its owner and out in front of the peloton. The owner wasn't able to grab the little canine before the peloton came roaring through, but luckily the riders managed to avoid the dog as it ran off the other side of the road.

In 2007, German cyclist Marcus Burghardt collided with a dog during a stage.

In 2000, a horse tried to outrun the peloton.

Finally, cows joined the act once, causing an accident in the peloton.

Belgian Jan Bakelants won the second stage by one second to take control of the yellow jersey.

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