Tour de France temporarily halted by protesters; riders unknowingly tear-gassed

( CNN) The Tour de France — cycling’s most prestigious race — was temporarily halted Tuesday after tear gas, to benefit from scatter protesters by police, inadvertently got into the eyes of some riders.

Protesting farmers had blocked the road with hay bales, leading police to spray them with CS gas.

Unhappy farmers had organized the protest because they “wanted to be seen” by France’s Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Travert, according to a police source.

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