Tour de France halted after police pepper spray affects riders

Tour de France halted after police pepper spray affects riders

Riders were seen pouring water into their eyes amid chaotic scenes during stage 16 on Tuesday, after police took action against farmers protesting along the route using bales of hay and tractors.

Several riders, including Thomas and Froome, needed treatment after being affected by a spray used by police to break up a farmers' protest early in the stage.

"Briton Geraint Thomas, who is in the leader's yellow jersey, four-time victor and team-mate Chris Froome, and world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia were among those affected", the BBC notes.

A gendarme sprays tear gas at protesters as other gendarmes remove haystacks from the route, during a farmers' protest blocking the stage's route.

Television images showed Tour de France medical officers handing out eye drops to riders including green jersey points leader Peter Sagan.

Mitchelton-Scott experienced more rotten luck after Damien Howson withdrew from the race prior to the stage start after fracturing his hand in yesterday's crash.

Thomas holds a 1 minute, 39 second lead over Sky teammate Chris Froome, with Tom Dumoulin third, 1:50 back.

The 218-kilometer stage from Carcassone to Bagnères-de-Luchon in the southwest of France was the first to hit the Pyrenees mountains, and was packed full of incidents.

Stephane Mahe/Reuters Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, cleans his eyes.

"I want to say that I'm happy to be here after that tough moment", he said.

French rider Julian Alaphilippe has been the king of the mountains so far and could add to Tuesday's Stage 16 victory.

"Please respect the riders, even if you have a cause to fight for", said Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

In the end it was British rider Yates who won the climb to Col du Portillon, and looked set to win his first Tour stage.

The small group of farmers from the Aude department were protesting a planned reduction of European Union funding, according to French authorities.

The last time a Tour stage was blocked by a demonstration was in 2004. "It's bike racing", the Frenchman said.

Alaphilippe, who was already gaining ground on Yates, quickly passed the British rider and had time to celebrate before the finish, smiling at the crowd and shaking his head in disbelief.

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