Tour De France Briefly Halted After Riders Are Pepper-Sprayed Amid Protest

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

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.

"After a 15 minute-long interruption caused by protesters, the race is back on", tweeted the Tour's Twitter feed. Two key crashes on unsafe descents.

The sport paid for that unlimited access Thursday when unruly spectators interrupted the most iconic climb of the Tour de France.

BAGNERES DE LUCHON- The Tour de France 16th stage re-started on Tuesday after a brief halt when national gendarmes used tear gas near the peloton to break up a protest by farmers.

The overall standings were unchanged.

Team Sky riders, from right, Egan Bernal, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Gianni Moscon.

Cycling - Tour de France - The 218-km Stage 16 from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon - July 24, 2018 - Team Sky riders Chris Froome of Britain, Geraint Thomas of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland, Wout Poels of the Netherlands and Jonathan Castroviejo of Spain in action.

Thomas, Froome and the green jersey Peter Sagan were among the riders who needed medical attention - including eye-drops - while the race was neutralised shortly after the 30km mark.

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

Froome is attempting to match the record of five Tour victories shared by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

"I thought I was going to win, I started my sprint well but I came up short". "The Spanish, fantastic. It just seems to be a French thing.

Lots of us had to stop to drink and douse water over our eyes", Latour said. "It's hard in cycling when you're just on the open road. I think we're all grateful for temporary neutralization and to clear, to have a couple of (kilometers) to clear our eyes, nose out, then the racing continued again".

The small group of farmers from the Ariege department were protesting the reduction of European Union funding, French media reported. "The riders' job is extremely unsafe, they are taking risks every day, people should not block the road, no matter what causes they are fighting for".

Recovery was the only aim for the leading contenders in the general classification, as Thomas, Froome and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin all conserved energy with tougher stages ahead.

"He speaks our language, and he knows what the Tour gave him", he said. But when the legs flagged on another teammate, he went on for another three kilometers and set a pace that fellow Colombian and two-time Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana couldn't match.

Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert crashed earlier in the stage while in the lead when descending from the Col de Portet-d'Aspet, hitting a wall and flipping off his bike but avoiding major injury. "But I ended up more or less OK".

The stage went through Virille, once home to 1990 Tour King of the Mountains Thierry Claveyrolat, who committed suicide in 1999. On Friday, a flare was tossed across the peloton with less than 20 kilometres to go.

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