Geraint Thomas extends Tour de France lead | Wales

Geraint Thomas extends Tour de France lead | Wales

Geraint Thomas extends Tour de France lead | Wales

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 incident comes a day after Froome was accidentally pepper-sprayed by police - along with most of the peloton - desperate to clear protesting farmers from the road.

Most farmers here rely on European Union financial aid to get by, and if they lose this classification, they fear they will go out of business.

This Tour has been marred by incidents as race organizers struggle to deal with angry fans protesting against Froome's participation. The British cyclist faced a suspension for using twice the allotted amount of a medication that is typically used to treat asthma, according to the Associated Press, but he was allowed to compete.

Thomas, Froome, world champion Peter Sagan and other riders were treated with eye drops due to the tear gas amid a 15-minute delay. That he somehow biked through what must have been excruciating pain shows just how tough he and all Tour de France bikers are.

Froome was jostled and spat at on Alpe d'Huez, while 2014 victor Vincenzo Nibali saw his race ended after he was brought down in a tangle with a fan on the same mountain.

"Briton Geraint Thomas, who is in the leader's yellow jersey, four-time victor and team-mate Chris Froome, and world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia were among those affected", the BBC notes.

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Among them was France's Julian Alaphilippe, who strengthened his lead in the mountain classification.

Colombia's Nairo Quintana produced an inspired ride to win Stage 17 of the Tour, outlasting Ireland's Dan Martin on the brutal Col de Portet finish, a first ever trip over the newly laid road for the race.

"I don't know how you prepare", Thomas says.

He may be the defending champion, but Froome will now be riding in service of Thomas for the rest of the Tour. We don't feel unsafe, it's just unfortunate sometimes but I think everyone is doing the best they can.

Yates led Alaphilippe by 20 seconds at the top of the Col du Portillon climb 10 kilometers from the finish but lost control with 6K to go, falling to the pavement on a left turn and sliding across the road.

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