The opening stages of the 2021 Tour de France has been characterised by many crashes. Picture: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Reuters
The opening stages of the 2021 Tour de France has been characterised by many crashes. Picture: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Reuters

Tour de France riders strike after series of crashes

By AFP Time of article published Jun 29, 2021

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FOUGERES, France - Riders at the Tour de France staged a symbolic protest on Tuesday to back up a call for safer stage finishes and road security after a series of pile-ups marred the opening days of the 21-day bike race.

Shortly after the start of the 150-kilometre flat run from Redon to Fougeres the entire peloton came to a stop for a brief period, before setting off again at a leisurely pace.

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Monday's stage featured four serious falls with Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan pulling out after breaking his collarbone in four places, former champion Geraint Thomas dislocating his shoulder and 2020 runner-up Primoz Roglic ending his day covered in grazes.

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The falls follow Saturday's opening day where there were two other falls, the first caused by a roadside spectator with over half the peloton coming down in a spectacular domino effect.

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