Sheep disrupt riders
The riders were disrupted by sheep running across their path on a hard climb up the Pyrenees mountains.
Television footage showed the sheep hesitating and then setting off together across the road as the peloton was ascending the hard climb of the Col du Soudor in heavy fog and rain.
No rider fell, but several were forced to brake hard and halt.
The sheep did not disrupt the leading group of seven riders or the 2008 champion Carlos Sastre, riding between the leading group and the peloton.