Tour de France riders hit with tear gas

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July 23, 2018 - 11:00 PM

BAGNERES DELUCHON, France (AP) — Chris Froome was among riders whose eyes needed treatment for tear gas when police intervened to disperse farmers protesting against funding cuts by disrupting the Tour de France today.

Bales of hay blocked the road 18 kilometers into the 135-mile stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon. Tour organizers said police used tear gas to disperse the protesters as the peloton approached.

Fourt-time champion Froome, race leader Geraint Thomas, and world champion Peter Sagan were among those affected by the chemical. Froome was treated with eye drops and Sagan poured water over his face to clean his eyes.

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