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Breaking news: Tour de France halted as riders sprayed with substance

Incident happened 30 kilometres into today's stage as riders passed farmers' protest...

Racing has been suspended during today's Stage 16 of the Tour de France after some riders appeared to have got pepper spray in their eyes, with a police officer having administered the substance to protesting farmers moments beforehand.

The incident happened 30 kilometres into today's stage to Bagneres-de-Luchon, shortly after the peloton had passed through the hilltop village of Fanjeaux.

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TV images showed a number of tractors lining the roadside, with farmers apparently pushing  hay bales into the road. 

A police officer then apparently aimeed pepper spray at protesters and it appears that it was caught by the wind and getting into the eyes of some of the riders, several of whom needed treatment by race medical personnel.

Racing has resumed after a break of almost 15 minutes, initially neutralised to allow riders' legs to warm up again.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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yupiteru | 5 years ago
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I rekon it was Froomes inhaler exploding in the heat.

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Yorkshire wallet replied to yupiteru | 5 years ago
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yupiteru wrote:

I rekon it was Froomes inhaler exploding in the heat.

LOL.

Somebody please photoshop an inhaler into this pic

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OldRidgeback | 5 years ago
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Different times, different methods - Jacques Anquetil took a rather different approach when protesting farmers blocked the TdF route as I recall.

They don't make them like him any more. but then when you find out about his personal life as well as his attitude to drug use, it's maybe just as well!

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Petethepump | 5 years ago
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Where's The Badger when we need him ?

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Butty replied to Petethepump | 5 years ago
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Petethepump wrote:

Where's The Badger when we need him ?

I'm sure I saw a glimpse of him in the tractor, pushing a bale towards the Sky train.

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brooksby | 5 years ago
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Ah, those wacky French farmers! Dontcha just love 'em?! yes 

(At least the French still seem to properly protest about stuff - as far as I can tell, here in the UK we just occasionally march while carrying placards saying "Down with this sort of thing!" and pretend that The Donald knows where anywhere in the Great England actually is...).

(Mind you, AFAIK the French farmers are usually protesting about subsidies, aren't they?).

(And: we'll probably find out that the policeman who used pepper spray was actually President Macron's security chief having another away-day...).

Here endeth the lesson.

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andyp | 5 years ago
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I'm sure Brailsford will be able to spin this, next time Froome fails a test we can blame it all on the police.

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muppetkeeper replied to andyp | 5 years ago
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andyp wrote:

I'm sure Brailsford will be able to spin this, next time Froome fails a test we can blame it all on the police.

You misspelled "fails", the correct spelling is "all charged were dropped and he was cleared"

 

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TedBarnes replied to muppetkeeper | 5 years ago
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muppetkeeper wrote:
andyp wrote:

I'm sure Brailsford will be able to spin this, next time Froome fails a test we can blame it all on the police.

You misspelled "fails", the correct spelling is "all charged were dropped and he was cleared"

 

Not to be a pedant or anything, but on my understanding no "charges" were ever brought in the first place...

 

(OK - that was pedantic)

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andyp replied to muppetkeeper | 5 years ago
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muppetkeeper wrote:
andyp wrote:

I'm sure Brailsford will be able to spin this, next time Froome fails a test we can blame it all on the police.

You misspelled "fails", the correct spelling is "all charged were dropped and he was cleared"

 

 

Nope, those are different words altogether. I wrote 'fails', you wrote 'all charged were dropped and he was cleared'. You can't even string a coherent sentence together, so your incorrect spelling corrections become even more risible.

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Yorkshire wallet | 5 years ago
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Sounds like the TDF needs to relocate.

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burtthebike | 5 years ago
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Could have been much more serious, with either hay bales in the road or blinded cyclists piling up everywhere.  Is it just me or is that the worst vid ever?

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peted76 | 5 years ago
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30km shorter stage might mean less chance for a breakaway today! Could mean fireworks on that last climb!

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