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The tenth stage of the cycling Tour de France was interrupted after several people trespassed on the track. According to the official website, there were seven protesters.
The incident happened at a time when leader Albert Bettiol, who was alone on the breakaway, was about 36 kilometers away from the finish line. Before the rest of the group of refugees, who had escaped not long before, people wearing T-shirts with the inscription “We have 989 days left” got on the 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 necessary for our survival,” Derniere Renovation said in an official statement.
The referees stopped the leader Bettiol, neither the refugees nor the peloton could continue. When the organizers and police officers got the protesters off the track, the race resumed with the distances maintained before the interruption.
Bettiol stayed in the breakaway until the final nineteen kilometer climb to the Megéve ski resort. About twelve kilometers before the finish line, however, other cyclists caught up with him, and even though he attacked once more shortly after, he no longer had enough strength and ended up in eighteenth place.
The order spilled over on the final climb. In the last hundred meters, Australian Nick Schultz, who won the Pustevny stage last year at the Sazka Tour (formerly the Czech Tour), was close to victory, but Cort overtook him on the tape by a few centimeters. The Danish rider of the EF Education – EasyPost stable has won a stage at the Tour de France for the second time in his career after the four-year-old success in Carcassonne, and he also has six stage victories from the Vuelta.
The peloton with race leader Pogačar let the refugees leave by more than nine minutes, so the German Kämna virtually took the lead. In the end, however, he did not keep the pace of the fastest riders in the breakaway and lost 22 seconds to the winner. In the end, he only moved to second place, eleven seconds behind Pogačar.
On Wednesday, the peloton faces a challenging mountain stage from Albertville to the Col di Granon Serre Chevalier. Along it, they climb the famous Col du Galibier peak, which is 2642 meters above sea level.
Tour de France cycling race – 10th stage (Morzine – Megéve, 148.5 km):
1. Cort (Dan./EF Education-EasyPost) 3:18:50, 2. Schultz (Aust./BikeExchange-Jayco) same time, 3. Sánchez (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.
Running order: 1. Pogačar (Slovenia/SAE Team Emirates) 37:11:28, 2. Kämna -11, 3. Vingegaard (Dán./Jumbo-Visma) -39, 4. Thomas -1:17, 5. A. Yates (both Brit./Ineos Grenadiers) -1:25, 6. Gaudu (Fr./Groupama-FDJ) -1:38, 7. Bardet (Fr./DSM) -1:39, 8. Pidcock (Brit./ Ineos Grenadiers) -1:46, 9. Mas (Šp./Movistar), 10. Sánchez both -1:50.