Yellow jersey could be won by Wednesday, says Thomas

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

Police detain a protesting farmer as the peloton passes on Stage 16

"It's a fantastic position to be in, to be still first and second on GC", the coach of both Froome and Thomas, Australian Tim Kerrison said at the site of the finish at Alpe d'Huez.

It was not the first time Moscon has fallen foul of race officials.

"Obviously the closer you get, the more you want to stay on the podium, but I'm still not really thinking about it", he said.

Like most teams, Sky have previewed the routes of all three Pyreneean stages, as well as the penultimate-stage time trial from Saint-Pee-Sur-Nivelle to Espelette.

It was not immediately clear whether protesters or police used the chemicals.

Team Sky riders, from right, Egan Bernal, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Gianni Moscon.

In September a year ago, Moscon was disqualified from the UCI World Championships road race when video emerged of him taking a tow from the Italian team auto after he was caught up in a crash on the penultimate lap.

Will Chris Froome attack Geraint Thomas, or will the defending champion support the current yellow jersey holder?

"I've been feeling pretty good".

Wiggins believes that a similar situation will be avoided owing largely to the respect that Thomas has earnt through his loyal service to Froome in past editions.

The commissaires classed the incident as a "particularly serious aggression" and threw the 24-year-old Italian off the race shortly after the stage finished.

But the British outfit's prime target is to win the race, whether it is with Thomas or Froome, who was asked if he would be ready to sacrifice his own chances to help Thomas win his maiden Tour title.

And he believes the personal ambitions of Froome and Thomas could also play a role.

Brailsford dismissed any concerns over the potential impact of Gianni Moscon's disqualification from the race for punching a fellow rider and re-iterated that his management team would decide on Moscon's future once the Tour was over.

"We are at a point where a part of cycling's future is at stake", said Frenchman Romain Bardet, who rides for home team AG2R La Mondiale and is fifth in the overall standings.

The Tour is no ordinary sporting event and Team Sky is no ordinary team.

"It's a different dynamic racing against Tom compared to a lot of other guys", Froome admitted during the race's rest day yesterday.

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