Philippe Gilbert Quits The Tour De France After Awful Injury

Philippe Gilbert Quits The Tour De France After Awful Injury

Philippe Gilbert Quits The Tour De France After Awful Injury

Tuesday's protest was the latest incident in what has been an eventful Tour de France, as fans have expressed outrage about Froome's participation.

Dan Martin finished second on the brutal stage 17 of the Tour de France behind victor Nairo Quintana, but Geraint Thomas kept a firm grip of the leader's yellow jersey.

"I want to say that I'm happy to be here after that tough moment", he said. I took a lot of risks.

According to a statement from French authorities in the local Aude department, a small group of 20 activists made the intervention to protest a planned reduction of European Union funding in their area.

Despite finishing around 9 minutes behind Alaphilippe, Thomas retains the yellow jersey, maintaining his 1 minute and 39 second advantage over teammate Chris Froome in general classification.

Now here was a something that really was particular to French culture - the French love a protest, let's be honest, and particularly so during a Tour de France - but it was not directed at his riders.

"We are not going to lock the riders in a stadium or a tennis court", Tour director Christian Prudhomme said.

Bales of hay blocked the road 30 kilometres into the 218-kilometre leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon.

The descent is the same pass where Fabio Carsartelli crashed and died in 1995.

Nonetheless, last week Froome and other Team Sky riders were targeted by a flare, while the four-time champion was reportedly spat at and pushed by road-side spectators.

Belgian Philippe Gilbert was forced to withdraw from the Tour de France on Tuesday with a fractured left kneecap after a spectacular crash into a ravine on stage 16.

'This will bring a little more show because the teams will be scattered at the start and they will have to rebuild themselves in the first pass where the road will be narrow, ' Mauduit said. "But I ended up more or less OK". It was the Colombian's first stage win of this year's Tour.

Yates was quickly back on his bike, and followed home Bahrain-Merida's Gorka Izagirre to finish third. "That last climb is possibly the toughest climb in the Tour - 16 kilometres, 2,200 meters [altitude]".

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