A small group of environmental protesters wreaked havoc at the Tour de France on Tuesday after chaining themselves together and sitting on the pavement.
Derniere renovation protesters lit red flares as they set up the roadblock during stage 10 of the prestigious race in the Alps, The Guardian reported.
Tour de France officials acted quickly and were photographed forcibly dragging members of the group off the track into a nearby ditch.
The disruption resulted in officers holding cyclists until the stretch between Morzine and Megève was cleared, according to the outlet.
The climate change protest came as tour officials vowed to kick start this year to reduce pollution at the event and pledge to “be an increasingly environmentally conscious organization.”
In 2020, the race was described as “macho and polluting” by Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet, according to the report.
Although cycling is environmentally friendly, the world’s largest annual sporting competition is accompanied by a large convoy rolling through rural France for three weeks through a village built to house 4,000 people.
“With the government not taking care of the climate crisis, we need to come and take over the Tour de France to bring attention back to what is important for our survival. We need to get our government to react when they lead us to the slaughterhouse,” protesters reportedly said.
“Nonviolent disruption is our last chance to be heard and avoid the worst effects of global warming.”
Magnus Cort of Denmark narrowly won Tuesday’s interrupted stage.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/13/tour-de-france-climate-protesters-cause-cause-havoc-disrupt-race-in-french-alps/ Tour de France climate protesters cause havoc and disrupt race in French Alps