Wild Scene Hits Tour De France As The Race Is Stopped Due To A Public Protest Against Climate Inaction

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The 2022 Tour de France has already been pretty crazy and it’s not even halfway through. On Stage 4, Alpecin-Deceunick’s Jasper Philipsen celebrated a stage victory despite finishing around 10 seconds back of the actual winner.

Jumbo-Visma star Wout Van Aert has already won two stages and nearly wrapped up the points classification. Two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates is leading by just 39 seconds. But things took an entirely different, crazy turn during Tuesday’s stage 10.

With a huge breakaway about seven minutes ahead of the pack and just 22 miles left in the stage, the entire race was forced to come to a dead stop. Was there inclement weather? Nope. Was there some significant danger to the bunch? Nope.

Climate Change Group Stops Tour de France In Its Tracks

What there was, however, was a dedicated climate protest that stretched across the road that was on the route.

According to the tweet, nine members of the group Dernière Renovation interrupted the stage in order to raise awareness about climate change. The group also put out a number tweets to explain what and why they were protesting for.

We can no longer remain spectators of the ongoing climate disaster. We have 989 days left to save our future, our humanity. [2]

“La ligne d’arrivée est un ravin et nous appelons notre gouvernement à bifurquer immédiatement. [3]

Our goal is to force legislation to drastically reduce France’s emissions, starting with energy renovation, the area most likely to bring together social and climate justice today. [4]

This is our last chance to avoid catastrophic and irreversible consequences: deadly heat, extreme weather events, famines, mass migrations, armed conflicts… and this for all the next generations of humans. [5]

The group also disrupted the French Open earlier this year.

The raced continued after about a 10-minute neutralization, but the 2022 Tour de France just continues to get more and crazyc