“If nothing is done, the climate crisis will devastate entire swaths of our planet, as its disastrous consequences in our country have already witnessed this summer, and will condemn billions of people to death,” the statement said. In a separate press release, the group said: “We will start again as many times as necessary to make our government react. Not a day should go by without the climate emergency being at the heart of the political agenda.” Coming as it did amid a scorching summer, the race was surrounded by questions of whether the heat was hurting the athletes, according to The Washington Post.
There’s been protests on the Tour de France route that’ve held up the race. Thankfully, the French TV directors have given them ZERO coverage nor talked about their activities. The Police have been quite “robust” with their handling of them & the race has moved on quite quickly.— Dave20 (@Dared_20) July 23, 2022
“One of the appeals of endurance sports is that we mythologize suffering: It’s about pushing the limits of human capabilities,” said Stephen S. Cheung, a competitive cyclist and professor of kinesiology at Brock University, where he researches the effects of environmental stress.
“The question we as a society have to ask is: Are we putting athletes into undue harm’s way in the quest for that kind of athletic spectacle?” he said. “How much is enough?”
Some say the race may have to change if summer heat becomes a permanent fixture.
“We’re going to have to change the way the Tour de France is designed in the next few years,” said Matthieu Sorel, a climate change expert at France’s meteorological service . “It won’t be possible to ride with such temperatures during the afternoon.”
The race was won by Jonas Vingegaard, 25, of Denmark, according to The New York Times. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Packing fish in ice in a factory to winner of the Tour de France? There’s a great movie here for someone to make. https://t.co/yt16XbsF9u— Jerry Wong (@istoked) July 24, 2022