French media reports have suggested that some riders might have been attacked with pepper spray, with a number of participants washing out their eyes, while others are returning to their team cars for medical treatment.
Race stopped @letour after protesting farmers attempt to block the road. Police appear to have used pepper spray…..which blew back into the peloton…….genius.— PuffaJones (@PuffaJones) 24 июля 2018 г.
Medical staff are washing out riders eyes.#TDF2018 pic.twitter.com/j6smiBWima
When farmer protests go too far: French farmers block Tour de France route and pepper spray believed to be from Police blows into rider's eyes. This isn't how you get the message across #TourdeFrance pic.twitter.com/cg1YB6RV2l— Jack Yates (@JackYates94) 24 июля 2018 г.
According to The Guardian's live updates, ITV 4's commentary team had revealed that it was a French policeman who had accidentally used the pepper spray in an attempt to stop a protester, trying to throw hay-bales on to the road along the route from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon. Farmers are reportedly protesting against a cut in state aid.
Watching the Tour de France. French police have just inadvertently tear-gassed the entire field, bringing it to a halt. Other than that, all going very smoothly…— Mick Collins (@MickPCollins) 24 июля 2018 г.
The race has since resumed, according to the radio station, run by Tour's organizers.