The Tour de France ran an atypical 16 stage, since more important than the winner was the situation created at kilometer 28 by a protest of French farmers who forced the Gallic police to act.
The section, which was run between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, with a total of 215.7 kilometers of route, was immediately stopped by the race director, Christian Prudhomme, to verify that the police fired tear gas minutes before the peloton will arrive at the place where the protest took place.
The gases ended up affecting some corridor, which were still trying to dodge the bales of straw thrown by farmers in the middle of the road in demand for the preservation of disadvantaged agricultural areas, for which they demand the government monetary support.
A good number of the runners had to wash their face with water, while others had to go to the medical services to apply eye drops and neutralizing the gas.
After resuming the race, the cyclists were able to continue normally until they reached the finish line, located in Bagneres.-de-Luchon, where Frenchman Julien Alaphilippe prevailed after taking risks in the breakaways.
The yellow jersey of leader of the general classification continues in the hands of the British Geraint Thomas, of the Sky team, who managed to not lose so much time in what is the prelude to the mountain stages.