Morning Roundup: Sagan wins Stage 13 at Tour de France

Jo Caldwell
July 24, 2018

The pack of riders wait for the stage to resume, after tear gas was used during a farmers' protest, during the Tour de France cycling race, between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon, southwestern France, July 24, 2018.

"The police had to use tear gas on the protesting farmers...some of which has gone into the eyes of the riders, so the race has stopped for now", Team Dimension Data, one of the teams racing, tweeted when the race came to an abrupt stop.

Spectators continue to taunt Chris Froome along the roads of the Tour de France after the four-time champion was cleared of doping.

Wearing the yellow jersey on the Tour de France is obviously an awesome experience for any rider, but it comes with increasing pressure for Geraint Thomas as he is now in a position to win the greatest race in cycling.

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Bernal's effort set up Thomas to win the grueling 12th stage to strengthen his hold on the yellow jersey, and for Froome to protect second place in a dominant choral performance by Sky.

The peloton fell nearly 20 minutes behind the day's leaders on the tough stage, with all those hoping for overall victory choosing safety in numbers.

A protestor faces French gendarmes during the 16th stage of the Tour de France.

Overall leader Thomas, meanwhile, came home safely in the peloton to remain one minute and 39 seconds ahead of nearest rival - and Team Sky colleague - Chris Froome.

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Stephane Mahe/Reuters BORA-Hansgrohe team rider Pawel Poljanski of Poland cleans his eyes after police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

Thomas kept the overall lead for a fourth consecutive day before the race pauses for riders to rest on Monday.

It might prove tough for Thomas to sacrifice himself in the service of Froome from this position, but the 32-year-old said he would follow team orders. To be spat at... personally, I'd have a bit of an issue if that was going on in my country.

This Tour has been marred by incidents as race organizers struggle to deal with angry fans protesting against Froome's participation.

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Froome raced all season under the cloud of a potential ban after a urine sample during his victory at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level.

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

"The Tour de France is promoted as the world's greatest annual sporting event and, if you want the best worldwide riders to come to your country, maybe treat them with more respect".

But the 32-year-old's dream of upstaging the four-time champion Froome to become the Tour's first Welsh victor is being challenged on all fronts.

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"I'm sorry for today's incident and I totally regret my actions", Moscon said.

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