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

treatment.

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

affected.

Several riders went to the doctor’s car at the back of the peloton

for treatment, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency