Philippe Gilbert Quits The Tour De France After Awful Injury

French farmers bring Tour de France to standstill with protest

Froome had put a black raincoat over his racing uniform on a day when he cracked on the final climb to Col du Portet, drastically decreasing his chances of a record-tying fifth title.

Thomas held an overnight lead of 1min 39sec on compatriot Froome, but took it to 2:31 after the four-time champion crossed the finish 1:36 behind Quintana and almost a minute off Thomas. Gilbert got help climbing back up to the roadway and doctors attended to him immediately. "Just get stuck in and hope for the best, I guess". "I imagine we'll be able to finish it off".

Julian Alaphilippe's descending skills made the difference as the Frenchman claimed his second victory in this year's Tour de France to take the 16th stage on Tuesday.

A flare has been hurled into the peloton and Team Sky have been repeatedly booed and jeered.

Meanwhile, Peter Sagan, the three-time defending world champion and three-time stage victor in this year's race, crashed on the descent from the Col de Val Louron, the second mountain of the day.

Instead, on arriving back at the bus, he praised the performance of his team-mate Geraint Thomas, admitting he was the stronger rider and vowing to work with him for the rest of the race. To spice things up, as the stage begins with a climb, organisers have decided that the riders will line up at the start in a grid formation based on the overall standings.

It was a tough day for Froome who said he'll now ride in support of teammate Geraint Thomas
It was a tough day for Froome who said he’ll now ride in support of teammate Geraint Thomas

Usually placed between 15 and 30 kilometers before the finish, the intermediate sprints award time bonuses of three, two and one seconds to the riders who cross first, second and third, respectively.

Friday's stage is the final day in the mountains, but has a downhill finish in Laruns, meaning any advantage rivals may manage to snatch from Thomas on the ascent could, theoretically, be annulled by Sky on the descent.

Thomas finally acknowledged on Wednesday night that he was in "a good position" before adding: "But I am not going to change my approach".

Dumoulin had tried an attack of his own late in the climb but the Dutchman, who like Froome has the Giro d'Italia in his legs, admitted he could not keep up. I took a lot of risks.

"It's the first time I've ridden for GC (general classification). He also did last year's Tour and Vuelta", he continued.

Sprinting standouts Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel each failed to make the time cut in Stage 11 and were eliminated from the Tour.

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