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Protesters interrupt Tour de France again

The pack of riders is stopped due to a demonstration by climate protestors of the movement ‘Derniere Renovation’ further down the race route during the 19th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 188,3 km between Castelnau-Magnoac and Cahors, in southwestern France, on Friday

The pack of riders is stopped due to a demonstration by climate protestors of the movement ‘Derniere Renovation’ further down the race route during the 19th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 188,3 km between Castelnau-Magnoac and Cahors, in southwestern France, on Friday. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Published Jul 22, 2022

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Cahors — Protesters held up the Tour de France on Friday during its 19th stage run from the Pyrenees to Cahors.

The race had been underway for around 30 minutes when a leading group of five escape riders encountered a protest blocking the route.

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Organisers decided to stop the race, halting the main peloton when it was a couple of kilometres behind.

The protesters were swiftly cleared from the road and the stage was able to continue, with the five front riders being allowed to set off one minute and 20 seconds before the main group.

French environmental campaigners briefly halted the race in the Alps on stage 10 in a protest that went viral.

The same woman who had interrupted the French Open tennis tournament in June chained herself by the neck to another protester with the group's name written at neck level. On her white T-shirt was a slogan: "We have 989 days left."

Another protest on stage 15 may have caused the crash that saw Jumbo's Steven Kruijswijk pull out injured.

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