Tour de France riders sprayed by police tear gas amid farmer’s protest

Four-time champion Chris Froome is among several riders who have had their eyes treated for tear gas sprayed on the peloton when a farmer’s protest interrupted the 16th stage of the Tour de France.

Cycling teams and French media said police used tear gas to disperse the protesters but it ended up blowing in the face of the riders, which led to the race being stopped at the 187 kilometre-to-go point.Police also had to remove bales of hay blocking the road 30 kilometres into the 218-kilometre leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon.An Associated Press photographer at the scene said Froome and other riders had eye drops applied while stopped for several minutes.The race continued after the brief hiatus.

Source: Tour de France riders sprayed by police tear gas amid farmer’s protest – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)