Tour de France 2018 - Julian Alaphilippe wins Stage 16 amid Tour protests

Tour de France halted after riders hit by pepper spray fired by police

Tour de France halted after riders hit by pepper spray fired by police

Thomas now commands a lead of two minutes and 30 seconds over Froome, the 2017 Tour de France victor, with only four stages to go.

Froome, who had been aiming for a fourth consecutive Grand Tour victory after triumphing at the Vuelta a Espana last year and this year's Giro d'Italia, is now in a battle for a podium place. "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".

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

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

Video footage of the incident appeared to show liquid being blown back into the advancing peloton after being sprayed by an officer from France's national gendarmerie against a protestor.

Their field is the road, the road is open - we can not lock them in a swimming pool or a stadium or in a tennis court.

Bales of hay blocked the road 30km into the 218km leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon. It was the same descent where Italian rider Fabio Casartelli died in the 1995 Tour.

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Several riders, including four-time champion Chris Froome, had to have their eyes treated after a protest by local farmers brought the race to a halt with riders en route from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon. It was fortunate they were only tossing hay bales into the road. "It's bike racing", the said Alaphilippe.

Gilbert has since been ruled out of resuming the Tour after a scan revealed he had sustained a fractured kneecap in the crash.

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

A Frenchman, Alaphilippe also won the 10th stage and is wearing the polka-dot jersey of the mountains classification leader.

Alaphilippe pressed on and was first to reach the top of the category one climb to Col de Mente.

"Morale's pretty damaged right now. There's definitely going to be some splits".

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