Police accidentally tear gas several Tour de France riders amid farmers' protest

Sherman Parsons
July 25, 2018

The most feared stage of this year's Tour de France is underway.

"I knew the last kilometres of the stage". "I've took more risks on more technical descents before and never had any problems".

The small group of farmers from the Aude department were protesting a planned reduction of European Union funding, according to French authorities.

This means Tom Dumoulin moves into second place to split the two Sky riders, Thomas and Froome, on the podium.

A protester is stopped by French police during stage 16 of the Tour de France.

"Do not add to danger for the cyclists", Prudhomme said.

They blocked the narrow country road the cyclists were to cross by using tractors and hay bales.

The descent is the same pass where Fabio Carsartelli crashed and died in 1995.

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Thomas, Froome, world champion Peter Sagan and other riders were treated with eye drops due to the tear gas amid a 15-minute delay.

BAGNERES DE-LUCHON, FRANCE-Four-time champion Chris Froome was among riders whose eyes needed treatment for tear gas when a farmer's protest interrupted the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. "Leave the road to the riders, respect them". "It's bike racing", Alaphilippe said.

Gilbert has since been ruled out of resuming the Tour after a scan revealed he had sustained a fractured kneecap in the crash.

"It's pure happiness after a day of suffering", said Alaphilippe, who tightened his grip on the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification.

"Morale's pretty damaged right now".

With the roads still slightly damp from an earlier brief downpour, Yates' wheels slipped from beneath him and he never quite regained his confidence and composure as his 25-second lead evaporated.

Passing briefly through Spain, the route featured three climbs in the finale _ the Col de Portet-d'Aspet, the Col de Mente and the Col du Portillon _ followed by a downhill finish.

Martin came in 28 seconds behind him and Thomas finished third a further 19 seconds back to single himself out as Team Sky's leader. "There's definitely going to be some splits".

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