Froome crashes after police mistake him for fan

Police force Chris Froome off his bike during 17th stage of Tour de France

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

Quintana's victory came despite two early mechanicals on a 65km stage - the shortest road stage in the Tour for over 30 years - that was created to be explosive from the start. "For me, it's not possible to get time on him, that's it".

When Philippe Gilbert went careening over the wall on the edge of the road during Stage 16 of the Tour de France on Tuesday, it looked bad.

"I knew the last kilometres of the stage".

Anyway enough of the boring stuff we know you like the harsh, weird and brutal injuries.

That's not your usual Sunday ride on a bike for sure.

Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky's principal, praised Froome's reaction to his disappointment, adding that the way he and Thomas have worked together during this Tour was deserving of a huge amount of credit.

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.

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

Photos showed a policeman pulling Froome by the arm as his bike lay on the ground.

Team Sky tells The Associated Press there was a misunderstanding and when police asked the rider to stop, that caused him to crash. The same Brit beat Dumoulin to second place when they both raced the Giro d'Italia last month.

Quintana, who started the day more than four minutes back in the general classification, hauled himself back into the top five with the second Tour stage win of his career. The final mountain stage on Friday could prove to be a final hurrah for Froome, Bardet, Roglic, Nairo Quintana, or any combination of those names.

At one point it looked like going the other way, with Froome following an attack by LottoNL-Jumbo's Roglic midway up the climb, leaving Thomas to sit on the wheel of Dumoulin as the Dutchman worked to shut down the move.

With 2.5 km to go, Roglic attacked for the second time but was quickly shut down by Thomas. I tried to ride it like a time trial, but the altitude got me in the end.

The defending champion now has Dumoulin ahead of him and Roglic breathing down his neck in fourth, and while one can not write off Froome after his astonishing ride at the Giro d'Italia in May, it is unlikely that he will ride into Paris to claim a fifth Tout title this July.

It was Quintana's second stage victory in the Tour, having also won a leg in 2013.

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