Froome crashes after police mistake him for TDF fan

Froome crashes after police mistake him for TDF fan

The incident occurred on stage 16 of the 135-mile route from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon, roughly 18 miles into the race.

Race leader Geraint Thomas, his Sky team-mate Chris Froome, world champion Peter Sagan and Australia's Simon Clarke were among those affected as the race was stopped for 15 minutes.

Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert has shared a gruesome photo of his broken knee following withdrawal from the Tour de France.

Stage 16 resumed after a 15-minute delay.

Tuesday's protest was the latest incident in what has been an eventful Tour de France, as fans have expressed outrage about Froome's participation.

Despite finishing around 9 minutes behind Alaphilippe, Thomas retains the yellow jersey, maintaining his 1 minute and 39 second advantage over teammate Chris Froome in general classification.

Bales of hay blocked the road 30km into the 218km leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon.

Great Britain's Geraint Thomas cleans his eyes after tear gas was used during a farmers' protest, which attempted to block the stage's route.

Immediately after the F1-style start riders head straight into the mountains as they make their ascent up the Col de Peyresourde (1,569 metres).

"One of them things", Yates said after the stage.

Gilbert clamored back onto the roadway and was attended to by Tour doctors and Quick-Step officials.

The small group of farmers from the Ariege department were protesting the reduction of European Union funding, French media reported.

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

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.

Alaphilippe also won the 10th stage and is wearing the polka-dot jersey of the mountains classification leader. It was the Colombian's first stage win of this year's Tour.

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.

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