Tour of Luxembourg Halted as Riders Protest About Traffic
Riders in the Tour of Luxembourg went on strike for 100 kilometers on Wednesday because they felt organizers were not doing enough to keep cars off the route. Riders had been unhappy about traffic on the course after Tuesday’s opening stage and after 18 kilometers on Wednesday, they stopped riding.
“Security wasn’t there yesterday and it wasn’t there this morning. All the riders found it logical to make a little protest”, French champion Arnaud Demare, who ended up winning the stage, told RTL radio.
After discussions, the peloton agreed to ride the planned 160km stage from Remich to Hesperange but only, organizers said, if the next 100km were ridden as a ‘neutralised procession’.
The riders complained that traffic was only cut off briefly along the route and cars were allowed to drive in the other direction. Pierre Barthelme of the tour organizers said only one car ignored police and drove onto the course on Wednesday morning.
“We have to talk tonight to find solutions for the next days,” said German John Degenkolb.
Italian rider Jacopo Guarnieri had complained on Tuesday about a bus parked on the course with 4.5 kilometres to go in the opening stage when riders were moving “at 40mph”.
Racing was cancelled as the pros agreed to ride two abreast for over 60 miles to the finishing circuit of stage 2 at the Tour of Luxembourg.
STAGE 2 RESULTS
|1||DÉMARE Arnaud||Groupama – FDJ||50:06|
|2||PHILIPSEN Jasper||UAE-Team Emirates||,,|
|4||WARLOP Jordi||Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise||,,|
|5||CAPIOT Amaury||Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise||,,|
|6||GUARNIERI Jacopo||Groupama – FDJ||,,|
|7||GROSU Eduard-Michael||NIPPO DELKO One Provence||,,|
|8||OLIVEIRA Rui||UAE-Team Emirates||,,|
|9||BUDDING Martijn||Riwal Securitas Cycling Team||,,|
|10||JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt||NTT Pro Cycling||,,|
|1||ULISSI Diego||UAE-Team Emirates||4:03:11|
|2||PHILIPSEN Jasper||UAE-Team Emirates||0:04|
|3||CAPIOT Amaury||Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise||,,|
|4||GROSU Eduard-Michael||NIPPO DELKO One Provence||,,|
|6||OLIVEIRA Rui||UAE-Team Emirates||0:07|
|7||WARLOP Jordi||Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise||0:10|
|8||JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt||NTT Pro Cycling||,,|
|10||ABERASTURI Jon||Caja Rural – Seguros RGA||0:13|
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini