4-time champion Chris Froome was amongst riders whose eyes wanted therapy for tear gas when a farmers’ protest interrupted the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.
Bales of hay blocked the street 30 kilometers into the 218-kilometre leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon. Tour organizers mentioned police used tear gas to disperse the protesters because the peloton approached.
Froome, race chief Geraint Thomas, and world champion Peter Sagan seemed to be amongst these affected by the chemical, and have been handled with eye drops.
The stage resumed after a 15-minute delay.
This Tour has been marred by incidents.
Race organizers have struggled to deal with indignant followers protesting Froome’s participation. After followers threw flares at riders within the climb to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez, Tour organizers banned using smoke flares for the remainder of the race.
Froome raced all season beneath the cloud of a possible ban for utilizing twice the permitted stage of salbutamol during his victory on the Spanish Vuelta in September. He was cleared solely simply earlier than the Tour. He mentioned he has been repeatedly spat at for the reason that race began, and spectators have punched him and tried to make him fall off his bike.
Froome sits second within the normal classification, one minute 39 seconds behind Sky teammate Thomas.