Protesting Farmers Interrupt Tour de France
They’re all winners … breadwinners. Yesterday farmers near Carcassonne in southern France halted the iconic bike race for around 15 minutes when they tossed hay bales onto the road to protest reduced EU subsidies. Police deployed tear gas, but it wafted back onto the peloton and into the eyes of riders Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Peter Sagan, who needed treatment from the medical car before continuing. Today’s Stage 17, only 40 miles long but with 27 miles of steep climbing, is expected to be the decisive segment of the race.