Tear gas halts Tour de France amid French farmers' protest

Punching Other Cyclists Will Get You Kicked Off The Tour De France [Video]

Riders had to slow down when they reached the scene and footage shows them rubbing their eyes after passing through the demonstration. Two key crashes on unsafe descents.

Stage 16 of Le Tour 2018 sees the riders make their way 218 kilometers from Carcassonne to Bagnres-de-Luchon.

The overall standings were unchanged.

Team Sky's Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas are both in contention for this year's Tour de France title.

Yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas and world champion Peter Sagan were among the riders rinsing their eyes as the stage was stopped for 15 minutes.

"I'm thinking day by day".

It is just the latest incident in a long line if disciplinary mis-steps from Moscon, who was suspended for six weeks a year ago after racially abusing fellow rider Kevin Reza. "It was just a temporary thing with stinging and burning".

Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford on Monday hit out at organizers for failing to stop "intimidating" abuse of his riders and staff as they attempt to win the Tour de France.

"It's interesting. We raced in Italy and Chris's case was open when we were at the Tour of Italy and the Italians were fantastic, to be fair to them".

According to a statement from French authorities in the local Aude department, a small group of 20 activists made the intervention to protest a planned reduction of European Union funding in their area.

Meanwhile, race director Christian Prudhomme has "called for calm" after incidents involving fans during this year's race.

Punching Other Cyclists Will Get You Kicked Off The Tour De France [Video]

"After a stalemate in the battle for yellow, Welshman Thomas retained his 1'39" lead over Froome, with Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) also emerging unscathed to retain his third place, a further 11 seconds back.

However, when Alaphilippe has you in his sights you're a marked man. Yates is no slouch when it comes to descending, but Alaphilippe came through without a single mistake, and on such margins victories are sealed.

"He speaks our language, and he knows what the Tour gave him", he said. But I think quite a lot of riders were in a similar situation. I went all out for 220 kilometers today.

It was the second nasty crash of an action-packed stage, after Philippe Gilbert had earlier lost control, crashing into a wall and being spectacularly flung into a ditch.

Each of these riders are recognised as five-time Tour champions... and that's a claim that Froome started the 2018 Tour striving to equal. "But I ended up more or less OK".

"This stage was a piece of gold for us [after the mountains]", Sagan told Eurosport.

As the Pyrenees come into view, there is still one more day in the Massif Central to negotiate on Sunday. To be spat at... personally, I'd have a bit of an issue if that was going on in my country.

"Morale's pretty damaged right now".

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

Alaphilippe, who was already gaining ground on Yates, quickly passed the British rider and had time to celebrate before the finish, smiling at the crowd and shaking his head in disbelief.

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