Tour de France stage 10 neutralized to protesters from the road to Megève. to clear up


Stage 10 of the Tour de France was halted for more than ten minutes due to a protest on the road.

Alberto Bettiol led the 148 kilometer stage from Morzine les Portes du Soleil to Megève. With only 35.7 kilometers to go.

Bettiol drove through a cloud of pink smoke left by a torch on the side of the road, and was then asked to stop by the race organizers.

The 28-year-old Italian led a group of 24 riders by 20 seconds, with the peloton 7 minutes and 10 seconds further back when the stage was neutralized.

Tadej Pogacar leans on his saddle
The platoon had to wait ten minutes while the protesters were cleared.Getty Images: Alex Broadway

The activists, one of whom wore a t-shirt that read “We have 399 days left”, were on the road 36 kilometers from the finish in Megève.

The demonstrators had chained themselves up and were sitting in the middle of the road.

Police are trying to remove protesters at the Tour de France.
The protesters were pulled off the road after they held up the race.Michael Steele/Getty Images

Photos showed French police guarding protesters on the side of the road after they were evicted.

As the race was suspended, most of the riders in the pack relaxed as EF Education rider Bettiol circled a race car to keep his legs warm.

Police drag a man between them holding his shoulder while the platoon waits in the background
According to reports, the protesters were part of the “Mont Blanc Area” defended group.Getty Images: Alex Broadway

The time differences were corrected by the race organizers once the race started again.

And when it did, the stage saw an exciting sprint to the finish as Danish Magnus Cort defeated BikeExchange-Jayco’s Queenslander Nicholas Schultz in a photo finish at the end of a brutal uphill sprint.

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It was Cort’s second stage win in the Tour.

Two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar, who lost two teammates after they left the race following positive COVID-19 tests since the start in Denmark, kept the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

He is 11 seconds ahead of Germany’s Leonard Kamna.

Earlier in the day, Australian Luke Durbridge had to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19.

His Team BikeExchange-Jayco said Durbridge had mild symptoms.

His withdrawal comes a day after compatriot Ben O’Connor dropped out due to injury.

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