Tour de France brought to a standstill during stage 10 by protest

Tour de France brought to a standstill during stage 10 after climate activists blocked the route in the French Alps… with police and an official forced to drag protestors off the road to allow race to resume

  • The 10th stage of the Tour de France was halted for 10 minutes on Tuesday 
  • The activists sat on the road 36 kilometres (22 miles) from the finish in Megeve 
  • The demonstrators were pulled off the road by police, helped by Tour official 
  • The 10th stage of the Tour de France was halted for 10 minutes on Tuesday after half a dozen climate activists tried to stop riders on the road before being pulled out by police and a senior organisers’ official.

    The activists, one of them wearing a t-shirt saying ‘We have 989 days left’, sat on the road some 36 kilometres (22 miles) from the finish in Megeve.

    The activists were pulled off the road by police, helped by Tour organisers’ Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) general director Yann Le Moenner.

    The activists sat on the road some 36 kilometres (22 miles) from the finish in Megeve

    The activists sat on the road some 36 kilometres (22 miles) from the finish in Megeve

    Two of the activists were sitting back-to-back tied together, while others let off smokebombs

    Two of the activists were sitting back-to-back tied together, while others let off smokebombs

    The activists were pulled off the road by police, helped by a Tour official

    The activists were pulled off the road by police, helped by a Tour official

    Contacted by Reuters, ASO declined to comment.

    Stage leader Alberto Bettiol rode through a cloud of pink from a flare before being asked by a race official to get off his bike just before organisers said the stage had been stopped.

    Ten minutes later, race director Christian Prudhomme ordered racing to resume.

    Tour de France was brought to a standstill on Tuesday as demonstrators blocked the road

    Tour de France was brought to a standstill on Tuesday as demonstrators blocked the road

    ‘Since the government doesn’t care about the climate crisis, we need to come and take over the Tour de France to refocus attention on what matters for our survival,’ climate activists movement Derniere Renovation said in a statement.

    ‘We need to make our government react as they lead us to the slaughterhouse.’

    At last month’s French Open tennis, an activist from Derniere Renovation interrupted the men’s semi-final between Marin Cilic of Croatia and Norwegian Casper Ruud when she jumped onto the court and tied herself to the net, wearing a t-shirt saying ‘We have 1,028 days left’. 

    A large breakaway group of riders were leading stage 10 when they ran into protestors

    A large breakaway group of riders were leading stage 10 when they ran into protestors