Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Gilbert's #leTour over after 'lucky escape' following crash into ravine

Chris Froome's chances of winning this year's Tour are now all but over PETER DEJONG AP Chris Froome's chances of winning this year's Tour are now all but over
Jennie Wade | 25 July, 2018, 22:27

The Tour de France is not something people in Britain ever used to take much notice of until Mark Cavendish started winning loads of stages, then Bradley Wiggins won the whole thing and Chris Froome won it three times- now we can't get enough of the damn thing!

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

"I want to say that I'm happy to be here after that tough moment", he said.

This means Tom Dumoulin moves into second place to split the two Sky riders, Thomas and Froome, on the podium.

The Tour de France cycling race on Tuesday was briefly interrupted after French farmers tried to block the road.

"Please respect the riders, even if you have a cause to fight for", said Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

The farmers' protest occurred 30 kilometres into the 218km leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon. It was the same descent where Italian rider Fabio Casartelli died in the 1995 Tour.

The race was stopped completely as riders recieved medical treatment from doctors.

Britain's Geraint Thomas solidified his position in the yellow jersey during the 17th stage
PETER DEJONG AP Britain's Geraint Thomas solidified his position in the yellow jersey during the 17th stage

The 16th stage of Le Tour was temporarily halted in the Carcasonne region after a group of farmers threw hay bales on the course.

'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.

Kangert was reeled in by King of the Mountain leader Julian Alaphilippe in the first climb of the day to Montée de Peyragudes, but held on to reach the top ahead of the Frenchman.

However, Quick-Step later announced that Gilbert, a former world champion, was withdrawing from the Tour with a fracture on his left kneecap.

"Morale's pretty damaged right now".

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

Martin came in 28 seconds behind him and Thomas finished third a further 19 seconds back to single himself out as Team Sky's leader. With a climb of 16 kilometres at an average gradient of over 8 per cent and an altitude of 2,215m, the Col de Portet has all the assets to become a new Tourmalet'.

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