On Tuesday, we reported that the Tour de France was brought to a halt due to the fact protestors had interrupted the race. They were caused by the liberal use of tear gas by members of the gendarmerie who were attempting to disperse a bunch of angry French farmers.
Officers detain a protester as Great Britain's Geraint Thomas, right, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides past.
After a 15-minute interval the race resumed with a short neutralised section before the flag was dropped once again 33km into the stage.
His team mate Chris Froome, who was hoping to hold all three Grand Tour titles at the same time, the Tour, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, cracked on the final ascent up the Col de Portet and finished 1:35 down on the stage victor.
The incident occurred when the 36-year-old was descending the Col de Portet-d'Aspet - the hill which claimed the life of Italian rider Fabio Casartelli in 1995.
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The Quick-Step rider had been leading Stage 16 on Tuesday after a solo breakaway but crashed into a roadside wall and disappeared from sight after falling four metres into a verge.
Alaphilippe took the lead when Adam Yates crashed on a technical descent in the finale.
"It's pure happiness after a day of suffering", said Alaphilippe, who tightened his grip on the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification.
According to French media, the small group of farmers from the local Ariege department made the intervention to protest the reduction of European Union funding. "It's bike racing", the Frenchman said.
Quick-Step bosses panicked when Gilbert went over the wall - it was on the same descent, albeit several kilometres below, that Italian Fabio Casartelli died in a frightful crash in 1995.
Stage 17 is a 65 km trek from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan on Wednesday.