Tour de France boss slams protesters after tear gas halts race

Tom Dumoulin rode well in stage 17 but it wasn't enough to gain time on Geraint Thomas

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas continues to lead by one minute and 39 seconds from team-mate Chris Froome, with Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin a further 11 seconds behind.

Froome and Thomas wash their eyes out. The race was stopped completely as riders recieved medical treatment from doctors.

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

Colombian climber Nairo Quintana won the short but extremely hard mountainous stage with a solo attack up the brutal finishing climb to Col du Portet. Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky's principal, had caused a stink on Monday by suggesting the spitting, booing and physical intimidation to which his riders have been subjected was a phenomenon particular to "French culture".

"I crashed and it was all my fault".

Unfortunately, the gas also affected a number of riders, with Yellow Jersey Geraint Thomas, reigning champions Chris Froome and world champion Peter Sagan among those hit.

He took third place behind Colombian Quintana and Ireland's Dan Martin, but gained time over Froome, Dumoulin and fourth-placed Primoz Roglic. The same Brit beat Dumoulin to second place when they both raced the Giro d'Italia last month.

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

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The positions switched as they reached the top of Col de Val Louron-Azet, the second climb of the day, with Alaphilippe taking maximum KoM points.

Police are understood to have used the unknown substance in a bid to disperse a group of farmers demonstrating during Stage 16 of the race.

"But I think quite a lot of riders were in a similar situation".

"This new development is exciting for all of us who are behind in the general standings but have the desire to do something", said Quintana's teammate, Mikel Landa, with the stage starting at 15:15 CET.

Philippe Gilbert won't win the 2018 Tour de France, but he still managed to leave his mark on cycling's holy grail.

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Quick-Step bosses panicked when Gilbert went over the wall - it was on the same descent, albeit several kilometres below, that Italian Fabio Casartelli died in a awful crash in 1995.

"I've won the last three Grand Tours and G's ridden an absolutely faultless race this year, so he fully deserves to be in the yellow jersey, and fingers crossed he finishes it off and gets the job done in Paris".

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