Tour de France stopped after pepper spray hits riders during roadside protest

Chris Froome finished 8th on stage 17 at the Tour de France

Chris Froome finished 8th on stage 17 at the Tour de France

Quintana, who started the day more than four minutes back in the general classification, hauled himself back into the top five with the second Tour stage win of his career.

As the race was stopped, TV footage showed riders visibly shaken with some competitors using water to wash out their eyes while others sought out their team cars for medical assistance.

This summer Geraint Thomas is leading, which I'm sure you all knew because since the World Cup finished you've had nothing else in your life.

French police forces dispersed the demonstration by throwing tear gas before riders arrived, according to Tour de France broadcaster France Televisions. "I was sad for [Yates] but it could have happened to me, too, because I took a lot of risks".

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On Tuesday, we reported that the Tour de France was brought to a halt due to the fact protestors had interrupted the race.

"I want to say that I'm happy to be here after that tough moment", he said. Standing on the side of the road with a herd of about 50 sheep, the farmers threw hay bales on the race route just minutes before the peloton arrived.

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

Philippe Gilbert of Belgium receives care during the 16th stage of the Tour de France.

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This Tour has been marred by incidents as race organizers struggle to deal with angry fans protesting against Froome's participation.

Race organizers have had trouble controlling crowds with fans getting out of hand on the most famous climbs of the Tour.

Froome raced all season under the cloud of a potential ban for using twice the permitted level of salbutamol during his victory at the Spanish Vuelta in September.

At just 65 km, Stage 17 in the Pyrenees was the shortest Tour stage this century, but featured three serious, category one climbs.

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Prosecutors said the witnesses refused to testify or would refuse to answer certain questions if not given the protection. All five have invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, according to the four-page document.

The short-but-challenging 65km 17th stage begins today, taking the riders from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan, including many hard ascents.

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