Tour de France riders protest to demand increased safety measures amid spate of crashes

Riders called for better protection after consecutive days of crashes, which started when a spectator flashing a sign for TV cameras caused a massive pileup.

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On Tuesday, the riders came to a full stop in the first kilometer of the race and then rode slow through the first 10 kilometers in hopes of drawing organizers’ attention.

Slovakia's Peter Sagan, center left, crashes with Australia's Caleb Ewan, center right, during the sprint towards the finish line of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 113.65 miles with start in Lorient and finish in Pontivy, France, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan, center left, crashes with Australia’s Caleb Ewan, center right, during the sprint towards the finish line of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 113.65 miles with start in Lorient and finish in Pontivy, France, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

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