Tour de France halted after police pepper spray affects riders

24 July, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Cycling: Tour director calls for calm after Alpe d'Huez incidents

"Gianni is desperately disappointed in his behaviour and knows that he has let himself, the team and the race down".

The incidents make teams anxious fans are getting out of hand on the most famous climbs of the Tour.

A communique from race commissaires said Moscon had been disqualified for "particularly serious aggression".

The climb up one of the Tour's iconic climbs promises to be a signature moment for Bernal, who at 21-years-old is the youngest of the 176 riders to start the Tour and yet already appears to have the making of a victor.

"The UCI is clearly concerned by the security of riders". "You try and be as fresh as possible going into that day".

But the Tour has tried to provide more opportunities for sprinters, too, by adding intermediate time bonuses in the first nine stages of this race.

Lappartient said he believed Brailsford was reacting to the fact that his team has not been popular in France, where their domination of the race in the last few years is reminiscent of that of Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal in the early 2000s.

Belgian classics specialist Greg Van Avermaet said race organizers made a good decision by neutralizing the stage, allowing the peloton to resume competing after three kilometers. "It's a bit of a downer on the day". We got the information over the race radio of the type of protest that the boys had to ride through. "They won't attack from the starting line", Steels says, adding that the only instance where an immediate attack could occur is if one team has four or five riders in the top 20. The question for Thomas is whether he can hold it all together over three weeks as we have now reached uncharted territory for the Welshman - a point he has been keen to make himself.

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One journalist then pointed out that Team Sky are not the only non-French team in the race - 17 out of 22 are not French - yet the hostility is only directed at Team Sky.

While incidents of actual violence - such as the fan that slapped Froome on Alpe d'Huez - are of concern, Brailsford said Sky had learned to tune out the boos.

Mitchelton-Scott's Luke Durbridge used Twitter to describe some of the behaviour on Saturday as "disgraceful" - comments which were appreciated by the four-time Tour victor. "A lot of guys are speaking out about it now, the riders are sick and exhausted of it".

"The main thing is we win there and we don't end up racing against each other and Dumoulin wins".

In the General standings Geraint Thomas has kept the nearly two-minute advantage over Christopher Froome.

Asked directly if he would sacrifice his hopes of a fifth Tour title to help Thomas, Froome simply said: "Yes". "They come from everywhere, and I don't think it is healthy to make it about nationalities", said Lappartient. "I wouldn't give it up for any money".

The Tour de France, which began on July 7, will finish in Paris on Sunday. Obviously I want to wear it as long as possible.

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