Team Sky's Moscon Expelled From Tour De France For Punch Mid-Race

A gendarme left sprays tear gas at protesters as other gendarmes remove haystacks from the route of the Tour de France

Four-time champion Chris Froome and overall leader Geraint Thomas were among those trying to clear their eyes before resuming the race, according to multiple reports.

Moscon's exit leaves Sky with seven riders, though they had been along among the teams targeting general classification in not losing a rider already. Thomas, Froome and the green jersey Peter Sagan were among the riders who needed medical attention - including eye-drops - while the race was neutralised shortly after the 30km mark.

"As you saw today, we've got the strength of team to support two leaders - or two very strong riders - and for now we'll continue to play it like that."

World cycling chief David Lappartient called on Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford to stop fanning the flames after the Englishman blamed abuse of his team and riders on a "French cultural thing". 'If you don't want them to come, you can maybe have the Tour de France for French teams.

With the Italian having been sent home in disgrace for throwing a punch at Fortuneo's Elie Gesbert, Rowe and the rest of the Team Sky squad will have to shoulder the responsibility of taking on the workload vacated by Moscon.

'I don't know how people are going to react, but it's not going to calm people down, ' he said.

Riders with Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey Britain's wait on the road after a farmer's protest interrupted the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers

Froome is chasing a record-equalling fifth Tour title, but goes into the final week still one minute 39 seconds behind Thomas.

Thomas spent his post-race press conference answering questions about the negativity Sky so often face in France - a situation unlikely to be helped by Moscon's actions, particularly as he struck out at a Frenchman.

"I always kept a little back so I was able to respond if they attack", said the 25-year-old Cort Nielsen, who gave Astana back-to-back wins the day after teammate Omar Fraile claimed Stage 14. "In stage races, the shorter they are, the better it is".

Race organizers have struggled to deal with angry fans protesting Froome's participation.

"The Tour is promoted as the world's greatest annual global sporting event".

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. "You try and be as fresh as possible going into that day".

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