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Tear gas halts Tour de France amid French farmers' protest

24 July, 2018, 22:13 | Author: Delia Walker
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Team Sky's Thomas was seen wiping his eyes while Sagan used his water bottles to wash his eyes.

Policemen face protesters during the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race.

"I just felt my throat and nose were burning, eyes were burning afterward", Froome said.

Tour de France chief Christian Prudhomme lashed out at farmers who blocked the 16th stage on Tuesday (Jul 24) and forced several riders, including Britain's yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas, to receive treatment for tear gas.

Chris Froome set up a fascinating final week of the Tour de France on Monday by insisting he would be willing to sacrifice a record-equalling fifth title to help Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas win instead.

"As we and the riders are trying to ease the pressure, it's wrong that a team manager pours oil on the fire". "If that's what you want to host, and if you want the best riders in the world to come to your country to take part, then maybe treat them with a little more respect". "The riders' job is extremely risky, they are taking risks every day, people should not block the road, no matter what causes they are fighting for".

"The Tour is promoted as the world's greatest annual worldwide sporting event and if that's what you want to host and if you want the best riders in the world to come to your country to take part, then maybe treat them with a little more respect", he said.

"He was feeling really good yesterday and he was looking for the stage victory", Slongo said.




At the end of the day, if you want to host... the Tour de France is promoted as the world's greatest sporting annual event, and if that's what you want to host and you want the best worldwide riders to come and take part in an global event then maybe treat them with a bit more respect.

According to French media, the small group of farmers from the local Ariege department made the intervention to protest the reduction of European Union funding.

The incidents make teams anxious fans are getting out of hand on the most famous climbs of the Tour.

Race organizers have struggled to deal with angry fans protesting Froome's participation.

"Unbelievable. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would win up here", Thomas said.

"It was like pepper spray that got it in your eyes and affected your breathing, not directly, but it was in the air", said Slovakian Sagan, of the Bora team.

Defending champion Chris Froome was slapped across the shoulder by a spectator during the climb up to l'Alpe d'Huez last week, and the Briton has also said he has been punched and spat on.

Recovery was the only aim for the leading contenders in the general classification, as Thomas, Froome and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin all conserved energy with tougher stages ahead.

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