Gilbert's #leTour over after 'lucky escape' following crash into ravine

Gilbert's #leTour over after 'lucky escape' following crash into ravine

Gilbert's #leTour over after 'lucky escape' following crash into ravine

The protesters halted the peloton on stage 16 of the race from Carcassonne to Bagnères de Luchon.

Police officers used tear gas to disperse the protesters ― and physically carried others away ― but some of the chemicals ended up getting blasted downwind into athletes' faces, Reuters reported.

Thomas and green jersey wearer Peter Sagan were some those seen washing their eyes after the incident, which brought the race to a stop for 15 minutes.

The Tour de France cycling race on Tuesday was briefly interrupted after French farmers tried to block the road.

The only thing lacking from the wild 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday was a shakeup in the overall standings.

The incident resulted in a fifteen minute pause, but riders soon continued the remaining 192km of the stage.

Riders wait on the road after a farmer's protest interrupts stage 16 of the Tour de France.

The 65-kilometre (40-mile) route from Bagneres-de-Luchon features three grueling climbs and hardly a stretch of flat road.

Frenchman Pierre Latour, who wears the white jersey for the best young rider, said he noticed police were using tear gas when he arrived at the road blockade.

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As the Tour reached the mountains of the Pyrenees, Philippe Gilbert and Alaphilippe led on the ascent to Col de Portet-d'Aspet.

"I want to say that I'm happy to be here after that tough moment", he said.

It was a gift, but Alaphilippe didn't care as he cruised to his second stage win of this year's Tour.

"I crashed and it was all my fault".

Their field is the road, the road is open - we can not lock them in a swimming pool or a stadium or in a tennis court.

According to French media, the small group of farmers from the local Ariege department protested against the reduction of European Union funding.

His team said that after further tests at a hospital in Toulouse, the fracture was discovered, meaning he had to pull out of the race.

Earlier in the stage, Alaphilippe's team mate Gilbert was also in the race lead on the descent of the Portet d'Aspet but fanged it too hot into a corner, crashing over a wall and into a ravine.

Spain's Gorka Izagirre took second place and Yates finished third, 15 seconds behind.

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