Tour De France Halted By Tear Gas, Protesters

James Kirk
Author James Kirk
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The Tour de France – cycling's most prestigious race – was temporarily halted Tuesday after tear gas, used to disperse protesters by police, inadvertently got into the eyes of some riders.

Protesting farmers had blocked the road with hay bales, leading police to spray them with CS gas, according to CNN.

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The police source confirmed the race was stopped because the organizers wanted the gas to disperse to avoid any other riders being affected.

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Tour leader Geraint Thomas -- as well as several other riders -- was seen rinsing his eyes with water as the cyclists waited behind the race organizers' cars for the stage to restart.

Image credit: Getty Images

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