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Tour de France interrupted by farmers' protest

A police officer pepper sprays a protester as another protester stands in front of the race director's car, July 24, 2018. A protest by local farmers brought stage 16 of the Tour de France to a halt on Tuesday as bales of hay were thrown on to the road on the route from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon and police tear gas blew into the faces of some of the riders.


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A police officer pepper sprays a protester as another protester stands in front of the race director's car, July 24, 2018. A protest by local farmers brought stage 16 of the Tour de France to a halt on Tuesday as bales of hay were thrown on to the...more

A police officer pepper sprays a protester as another protester stands in front of the race director's car, July 24, 2018. A protest by local farmers brought stage 16 of the Tour de France to a halt on Tuesday as bales of hay were thrown on to the road on the route from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon and police tear gas blew into the faces of some of the riders. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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The peloton passes hay bales after a protest. The gas was used to disperse the protesters but it ended up blowing in the direction of the peloton, which led to the race being stopped at the 187 km-to-go point.

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The peloton passes hay bales after a protest. The gas was used to disperse the protesters but it ended up blowing in the direction of the peloton, which led to the race being stopped at the 187 km-to-go point. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

The peloton passes hay bales after a protest. The gas was used to disperse the protesters but it ended up blowing in the direction of the peloton, which led to the race being stopped at the 187 km-to-go point. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Police officers carry a protester off the road. A Reuters picture showed a police officer spraying an isolated demonstrator with what appears to be pepper spray while she was sitting on the ground. The race continued after the brief hiatus.

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Police officers carry a protester off the road. A Reuters picture showed a police officer spraying an isolated demonstrator with what appears to be pepper spray while she was sitting on the ground. The race continued after the brief...more

Police officers carry a protester off the road. A Reuters picture showed a police officer spraying an isolated demonstrator with what appears to be pepper spray while she was sitting on the ground. The race continued after the brief hiatus. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas (pictured) and world champion Peter Sagan were among the riders rinsing their eyes as the stage was stopped for 15 minutes.

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Yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas (pictured) and world champion Peter Sagan were among the riders rinsing their eyes as the stage was stopped for 15 minutes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas (pictured) and world champion Peter Sagan were among the riders rinsing their eyes as the stage was stopped for 15 minutes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Police officers remove hay bales off the road after a protest. It is not the first time that protesters have interrupted a prominent race, the most memorable incident happening in the 1984 Paris-Nice, when French great Bernard Hinault punched one of the demonstrators.

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Police officers remove hay bales off the road after a protest. It is not the first time that protesters have interrupted a prominent race, the most memorable incident happening in the 1984 Paris-Nice, when French great Bernard Hinault punched one of...more

Police officers remove hay bales off the road after a protest. It is not the first time that protesters have interrupted a prominent race, the most memorable incident happening in the 1984 Paris-Nice, when French great Bernard Hinault punched one of the demonstrators. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Bahrain-Merida rider Heinrich Haussler of Australia cleans his eyes after being hit by a spray during a protest. The last time a Tour stage was blocked by a demonstration was in 2004.

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Bahrain-Merida rider Heinrich Haussler of Australia cleans his eyes after being hit by a spray during a protest. The last time a Tour stage was blocked by a demonstration was in 2004. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Bahrain-Merida rider Heinrich Haussler of Australia cleans his eyes after being hit by a spray during a protest. The last time a Tour stage was blocked by a demonstration was in 2004. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Police officers run after a protester. Local authorities said in a statement that an investigation into the incidents had been opened.

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Police officers run after a protester. Local authorities said in a statement that an investigation into the incidents had been opened. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Police officers run after a protester. Local authorities said in a statement that an investigation into the incidents had been opened. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Drapac p/b Cannondale rider Daniel Felipe Martinez of Colombia cleans his eyes after a protest. 

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Drapac p/b Cannondale rider Daniel Felipe Martinez of Colombia cleans his eyes after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Drapac p/b Cannondale rider Daniel Felipe Martinez of Colombia cleans his eyes after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Police officers chase away sheep after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Police officers chase away sheep after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Police officers chase away sheep after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli of Italy cleans his eyes after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli of Italy cleans his eyes after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Bahrain-Merida rider Sonny Colbrelli of Italy cleans his eyes after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Police officers carry a protester off the road as the peloton passes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Police officers carry a protester off the road as the peloton passes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Police officers carry a protester off the road as the peloton passes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Police officers remove hay bales off the road after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Police officers remove hay bales off the road after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Police officers remove hay bales off the road after a protest. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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