Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Tour De France Paused After Cyclists Accidentally Hit With Police Tear Gas

Tour De France Paused After Cyclists Accidentally Hit With Police Tear Gas

Protesting French farmers brought the Tour de France to a temporary standstill earlier today, with bales of hay reportedly being thrown onto the cycling route - prompting a swift reaction from local police. They were caused by the liberal use of tear gas by members of the gendarmerie who were attempting to disperse a bunch of angry French farmers.

Nairo Quintana of Team MoviStar won Stage 17 of the Tour de France as overall leader Geraint Thomas gained further time on his yellow jersey rivals.

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme condemned the actions of protestors.

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

Paris - Defending champion Chris Froome nearly crashed out of the Tour de France - after being knocked off his bike when an overzealous policeman mistook him for a fan on stage 17 Wednesday.

Thomas holds a 1 minute, 39 second lead over Sky teammate Chris Froome, with Tom Dumoulin third, 1:50 back.

Protesting farmers had blocked the road with hay bales, leading police to spray them with CS gas.

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.

Yorick Jansens  Global Look Press
Yorick Jansens Global Look Press

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

"Tactically, we did well, but I crashed and it was all my fault".

"When you come so close to winning a stage of the Tour it's pretty devastating."

"I was not affected because I was not in the first 10 of the group", he said.

The stage will begin right away with a climb of the Peyresourde, followed by a sprint at Loudenvielle where the second first category climb will take place at the Val Louron-Azet, and then after a 20 km descent the riders will face an "old friend", the Pla d'Adet.

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.

This stage was just 65km long, but featured three towering climbs between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Col de Portet.

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