Protesters halted the tenth stage of the Tour de France, and Dane Kurt won on tape
The 10th stage of the Tour de France was halted after several people crossed the track. According to the official website, there were seven protesters.
The accident occurred at a time when captain Albert Petitol, who was alone in the breakup, was about 36 kilometers from the finish line. Before the rest of the group of refugees, who had fled not long before, people were wearing T-shirts that read “We have 989 days left” on the right track.
“Given the government’s lack of interest in the climate crisis, we had to come and use the Tour de France to draw attention to what is essential to our survival,” Derniere Renovation said in an official statement.
The chieftain was stopped by the rulers, the Peloton, and the refugees and the peloton could not continue either. When organizers and police officers pushed the protesters off the track, the race resumed while keeping the distances before the break.
Bettiol remained in the separation until the last nineteen kilometers of ascent to the Megeve ski resort. About twelve kilometers before the finish line he was caught by other cyclists, and although he attacked again soon after, he was no longer strong enough and ended up in eighteenth place.
It extended to the last climb. In the final 100 metres, Australian Nick Schultz, who won the Postevny stage last year on the Sazka Tour (formerly the Czech Tour), came close, but Kurt edged him in the bar by a few centimeters. The Danish EF Education – EasyPost rider won a stage in the Tour de France for the second time in his career after his four-year-old success in Carcassonne, as well as racking up six Vuelta victories.
At the finish line, exhausted, he fell on his back. “I can’t believe what happened today. I was on the brink for an awful long time on this climb. I lost contact with the group several times in the last kilometers. Thankfully it all came together in the end and I was there,” said Kurt.
The peloton with race leader Pogačar allowed the refugees to leave by more than nine minutes, so German Kämna almost took the lead. However, in the end, he did not maintain the pace of the fastest riders in the breakaway and lost 22 seconds to the winner. In the end, he moved to only second place, 11 seconds behind Bogar. “I’m glad I’m still wearing the yellow jersey,” said the Slovenian favorite, who has been doing well so far.
Kämna isn’t expected to be enough on the challenging mountain stages ahead, so Pogačar’s biggest rival currently remains in third place Jonas Vingegaard. As well as the Corona virus in the Emirates national team, which has already deprived him of assistants. After Nor Vigaard Langen, New Zealand cyclist George Bennett also had to retire due to Covid-19.
Team officials then announced that the Rafal Majka had also tested positive, but the UCI medical team had allowed him to continue. “When you have a positive in your own bubble, you get nervous about it. I hope we can survive to the finish line,” Bogar said as the Tour de France approaches about halfway.
On Wednesday, Peloton faces a tough mountain stage from Albertville to Col de Granon-Ser Chevalier. Along it, they also climb the famous Col du Galibier summit, which rises 2,642 meters above sea level.
Tour de France – stage 10 (Morzine – Megève, 148.5 km):
1. Cort (Dan./EF Education-EasyPost) 3:18:50,
2. Schultz (Aust./BikeExchange-Jayco) at the same time,
3. Sanchez (Sp./Bahrain Victorious)-7,
4. Jorgenson ( USA)/Movistar)-8,
5. Van Baarle (Netherlands/Ineos Grenadiers) -10,
6. Zimmerman (Germany/Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) -15,
7. Thomas (Fr./Cofidis) -18,
8. Leknessund (Nor./DSM)-20,
9. Wright (Brit./Bahrain Victorious),
10. Kämna (German/Bora-hansgrohe) both -22.
1. Pogačar (Slovenia / SAE Team Emirates) 37:11:28,
2. Kämna -11,
3. Vingegaard (Dán. / Jumbo-Visma) -39,
4. Thomas -1: 17,
5. A Yeats (both British/Inios Grenadiers) -1:25,
6. Godot (Sr./Grupama-FDJ) -1:38,
7. Bardet (Fr./DSM) -1:39,
8. Pidcock (Brett ). ./ Ineos Grenadiers) -1: 46,
9. Mas (Šp. / Movistar),
10. Sanchez both -1: 50.