STILLS Tour de France riders sprayed with tear gas as police try to quell farmers' demo
Dateline: Carcassonne - 24 July 2018
Date: 07/24/2018 01:36 PM
Carcassonne - 24 July 2018
1. Various of STILLs showing riders waiting on the road after a farmer protest interrupted 16th stage of the Tour de France
2. Various of STILLs showing protester facing police
3. STILL showing farmer with banner, reading (French) "Keep the agriculture in la Piege et du Razes (region) safe"
Four-time champion Chris Froome was among riders whose eyes needed treatment for tear gas when a farmers' protest interrupted the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.
Bales of hay blocked the road 30 kilometres (18 miles) into the 218-kilometre (135-mile) leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon.
Tour organisers said police used tear gas to disperse the protesters as the peloton approached.
Froome, race leader Geraint Thomas, and world champion Peter Sagan appeared to be among those affected by the chemical, and were treated with eye drops.
The stage resumed after a 15-minute delay.