Tour de France halted after police pepper spray affects riders

Tour de France halted after police pepper spray affects riders

Tour de France halted after police pepper spray affects riders

CHRIS Froome has endured a nightmare day at the Tour de France. Froome prevailed in both.

Several riders, including Britain's race leader Geraint Thomas and defending champion Chris Froome, were forced to seek treatment after the gas reportedly blew into the peloton.

"Write Froome off at your peril", cautioned Team Sky's Dave Brailsford after the finish, reminding reporters of his leading rider's wobble during the Giro at Gran Sasso d'Italia, when he was also written off. Either way, he rode the. "It's certainly been a tough build-up for me but I'll still fight for the podium and obviously we want to see G up there in yellow".

But it was all in vain as Team Sky's new star Thomas found energy in spades, attacking again in the closing metres to claim the bonus four seconds available for finishing third and leave Roglic and Dumoulin in his wake. The cycling family, I get a lot of support from everyone... When you come so close to winning a stage of the Tour it's devastating, not just for me but for the team.

"He looks really strong so I imagine he'll be able to finish it off", said Froome. "Just get stuck in and hope for the best, I guess".

But Froome's bid to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain on the five-time winners list may have to wait another year.

They only had to control Dumoulin and Lotto Jumbo rider Roglic, who launched a series of attacks in the closing kilometres that put Froome in trouble.

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. "For me, so far it has not been possible to gain time on him".

At the foot of that last effort, Quintana jumped away in impressive style followed by Martin who quickly found himself unable to sustain the pace of the twice Tour runner-up.

The race remains in the Pyrenees on Wednesday for what could be the most challenging stage of the Tour, a 65-kilometre leg from Bagneres-de Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet that features three grueling climbs, including an uphill finish _ and hardly a stretch of flat road.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider described the incident in typically colourful fashion before confirming his intention to race on, needing only to make it to Paris now to confirm a sixth career green jersey.

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