Paris, The 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
Hay bales were thrown across the road 29km into the 218km
stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.
TV pictures showed a policeman using a spray on protesters,
which then blew into the peloton, with riders pulling over to douse their
eyes with water.
There was a delay of about 15 minutes.
There was a short neutralised section before racing began again
properly at the 33km mark.
Briton Geraint Thomas, who is in the leader’s yellow jersey, and
world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia were among those to be
Several riders went to the doctor’s car at the back of the peloton
for treatment, the BBC reported.
Source: Oman News Agency