Farmer’s protest temporarily stops Stage 16 of Tour de France

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An unusual circumstance brought Stage 16 of the 2018 Tour de France to a halt.

Police had to remove bales of hay that were blocking the path from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon. It was during this sequence that a farmer continued to protest and had to be removed from the area by authorities.

Several riders, including Chris Froome, needed to be treated with eye drops after being accidentally sprayed with either tear gas or pepper spray by the police. The peloton was stopped for around 15 minutes as the riders were treated for their injuries.

Froome currently sits in second place behind Geraint Thomas in the general classification of this year’s Tour.