(Reuters) – A protest by local farmers brought stage 16 of the Tour de France to a halt on Tuesday as French and British media said bales of hay were thrown on to the road on the route from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.
Cycling – Tour de France – The 218-km Stage 16 from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon – July 24, 2018 – Police officers remove hay bales off the road after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Cycling teams and French media said police used tear gas to disperse the protesters but it ended up blowing in the face of the riders, which led to the race being stopped at the 187 km-to-go point.
The race continued after the brief hiatus.
Reporting by Christian Radnedge; editing by John Stonestreet