Tour de France is in no position to ignore climate action protest

A bike may be an environmentally sound mode of transportation, but a great bike race is a different proposition. While some attempts have been made to offset the event’s carbon footprint in recent years, there is no escaping the sad fact that the Tour de France was not a wholly inappropriate target of peaceful environmental protests of the kind witnessed on Stage 10 in Megève.

The logistics of bringing in a rolling village of about 4,000 people around France made it so. As of last year, the ASO claims that 100% of carbon emissions produced by the Tour organization itself are offset, but those calculations do not take into account emissions from the staff, journalists, sponsors, corporate guests, fans and variety who follow the race over a three-week period.

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