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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 - 17:16
Farmer protest delays 'Tour de France' (Photos)
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The Tour de France has been thrown into chaos after riders were hit by tear gas fired by police at protesting farmers who blocked the cycle route using hay bales and tractors today (Jul 24).
 
All the race's riders were forced to wait as police cleared away the farmers' strike on a narrow country road on stage 16.
 
But some of the competitors - including Great Britain's Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas - were hit by the gas and forced to clean out their eyes.
 
The French farmers had parked tractors by the side of the route and rolled hay bales into the road to stop the race, which was 18 miles in after starting an hour earlier.
 
The race between Carcassonne and Bagneres-de-Luchon in south-western France resumed after a 15-minute delay while the protest was dealt with.
 
One protester held up a sign reading 'For the Piege region to live' as they attempted to block the stage's route.
 
Protests from farmers are a regular occurrence during the Tour de France. In 1974 protesters in Brittany blocked roads and hung pigs from lampposts to show their opposition to the race.



Great Britain's Geraint Thomas cleans his eyes after tear gas was used during a farmers' protest who attempted to block the stage's route



Police tried to move protesters from the road after French farmers had parked tractors and rolled hay bales onto the course
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