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Tour de France halted during farmers' protest on stage 16

Tour de France halted during farmers' protest on stage 16

The Tour de France was stopped as riders recovered from appearing to be sprayedThe Tour de France had to be stopped temporarily during stage 16 when the peloton was sprayed during a protest by French farmers, with several riders needing medical treatment.A bunch of hay bales was thrown across the road 29km into the 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.Television pictures showed a policeman using a spray on protesters, which was blown into the peloton and led to riders pulling over to douse their eyes with water.
There was a delay of about 15 minutes.A social media post[/i] the Quick-Step Cycling team read: "Looks like the tear gas used by the police on the farmers ended up getting to the eyes of some riders." Meanwhile, on the Tour radio the manager of Mitchelton Scott said it was pepper spray.
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