Tour de France riders teargassed as police clear farmers' demo

Police used tear gas to disperse farmers protesting about the loss of rights for agricultural land who blocked the Tour de France stage on Tuesday with bales of hay and sheep, but the spread of the gas vapours meant several riders needed medical treatment from the doctor’s car at the rear of the peloton.

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Tour de France chief Christian Prudhomme lashed out at farmers who blocked stage 16 on Tuesday and forced several riders, including Britain’s yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas, to receive treatment for tear gas, reports Velo News.