Tour de France temporarily interrupted by protesters

Tour de France halted after riders are hit with pepper spray fired by police

"The police had to use tear gas on the protesting farmers...some of which has gone into the eyes of the riders, so the race has stopped for now", Team Dimension Data, one of the teams racing, tweeted when the race came to an abrupt stop.

Tour leader Geraint Thomas - as well as several other riders - was seen rinsing his eyes with water as the cyclists waited behind the race organizers' cars for the stage to restart.

Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert has shared a gruesome photo of his broken knee following withdrawal from the Tour de France.

The former Tour of Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege victor was helped back up on to the road and given first aid before resuming the stage in the company of a group of frontrunners.

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.

Mitchelton-Scott's Yates led on the descent into Bagneres-de-Luchon after attacking three kilometres before the summit of the Col du Portillon, cresting the mountain with a 22-second advantage.

Simon Clarke of Australia cleans his eyes after tear gas was used by policemen against the farmers who protested during the Tour de France cycling race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, July 24, 2018.

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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.

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

A Frenchman, Alaphilippe also won the 10th stage and is wearing the polka-dot jersey of the mountains classification leader.

According to French media, the small group of farmers from the local Ariege department made the intervention to protest the reduction of European Union funding.

The last time a Tour stage was blocked by a demonstration was in 2004.

Froome is in second place and Tom Dumoulin is in third place. "I was sad for [Yates] but it could have happened to me, too, because I took a lot of risks".

He was gaining time in the descent when Yates went down.

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