Tour de France 2018: Philippe Gilbert rode 60km with broken kneecap

25 July, 2018, 22:26 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Stephane Mahe/Reuters Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, cleans his eyes.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas now leads by one minute and 39 seconds ahead of team-mate Chris Froome.

It is not the first time that protesters have interrupted a prominent race, the most memorable incident happening in the 1984 Paris-Nice, when French great Bernard Hinault punched one of the demonstrators.

Quintana's victory came despite two early mechanicals on a 65km stage - the shortest road stage in the Tour for over 30 years - that was created to be explosive from the start.

Stage 16 was eventually won by Quick-Step's French rider Julian Alaphilippe, who profited from Adam Yates' fall on the final descent to claim his second stage win of Le Tour 2018.

An officer sprays tear gas at protesters as other officials remove haystacks from the route on Tuesday.

After the Formula 1-style grid start in Bagneres-de-Luchon, which saw overall leader Thomas line up directly ahead of Froome and Dumoulin, it was Estonian rider Tanel Kangert who led the breakaway.

The Tour de France Twitter account tweeted a warning to protesters after the delay, saying that if you don't respect the riders you risk a fine and three years of imprisonment.


Fortunately, he wasn't too badly injured and somehow managed to get back on his bike...

It was in the same descent that Italian Fabio Casartelli crashed and died in the 1995 Tour de France.

A chaotic 16th stage of the Tour de France has seen a number of leading riders left needing treatment for tear gas. It took place 30km into the day as the race passed near to Toulouse.

With 2.5 km to go, Roglic attacked for the second time but was quickly shut down by Thomas.

"I knew the finale was tricky", Alaphilippe said.

"Tactically, we did well, but I crashed and it was all my fault". "The riders' job is extremely risky, they are taking risks every day, people should not block the road, no matter what causes they are fighting for". "It's bike racing", the Frenchman said.

Sagan, meanwhile, secured a record-equaling sixth Green Jersey for the points classification.

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