Tour de France Stage 3 - riders' response

from 29/06/21

Following the crashes during the third stage of the Tour de France, CPA has been working with the riders to discuss how they wish to proceed to show their dissatisfaction with safety measures in place and demand their concerns are taken seriously. The riders have agreed this statement.

 

Following the crashes during the third stage of the Tour de France, the riders have been discussing how they wish to proceed to show their dissatisfaction with safety measures in place and demand their concerns are taken seriously. Their frustration about foreseeable and preventable action is enormous.

 

The riders wish to stress their respect for their sponsors, their sports groups, the organizer, their international institution. Supporters are very important to them – and this is why they will be riding today.

 

In return, the riders of the Tour de France ask for the same respect – respect for their safety.

 

For this reason they are asking the UCI to setup discussions with all race stakeholders to adapt the 3 km rule during stage races. This could avoid circumstances such as those which occurred in yesterday's stage.

 

Through this course of action, the riders intend to show their understanding to all parties and to open up to a constructive dialogue rather than create difficulties for cycling and the fans. However, riders and CPA are determined to pursue changes for the safety and physical integrity of athletes. These changes are more necessary than ever.

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