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Philippe Gilbert amazingly got back on his bike after this terrifying crash over a wall on Stage 16 of the 2018 Tour de France.

"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.

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.

Froome is looking to win his fourth consecutive Tour de France.

The incident resulted in a fifteen minute pause, but riders soon continued the remaining 192km of the stage.

The most feared stage of this year's Tour de France is underway.

Amid a general feeling of suspicion surrounding Sky and their sheer domination of the race, Froome has been spat at and manhandled, Thomas has been booed off the podium and some of Sky's staff have also faced abuse.

The farmers' protest occurred 30 kilometres into the 218km leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.

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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.

French rider Julian Alaphilippe has been the king of the mountains so far and could add to Tuesday's Stage 16 victory.

"Tactically, we did well, but I crashed and it was all my fault".

According to the Associated Press, the hay bales were thrown into the road ahead of the race's lead pack by farmers facing an even more grueling challenge - the reduction of European Union funding. "It's bike racing", the said Alaphilippe.

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

"I was not affected because I was not in the first 10 of the group", he said.

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

The stage will begin right away with a climb of the Peyresourde, followed by a sprint at Loudenvielle where the second first category climb will take place at the Val Louron-Azet, and then after a 20 km descent the riders will face an "old friend", the Pla d'Adet.


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