Cycling: Tour de France solve Chilean wine boycott threat
Tour de France organisers have invited local wine producers to showcase their products during the race, after they had threatened to disrupt the 2016 edition in protest at a Chilean wine being an official partner.
Race supremo Christian Prudhomme told AFP on Thursday that he and five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault met the producers for talks at the annual Paris Agriculture Fair this week.
Upset to discover that a Chilean wine, 'Bicicleta' was the Tour's official wine, the two sides met in an effort to strike a deal.
"We discussed the idea of regional producers showcasing their products at all the towns on the Tour itinerary," Prudhomme said.
"There is no problem at all. Wine producers and cooperatives can promote their products on the Tour de France, as they can with our upcoming race Paris-Nice."
The head of the French wine producers council Jerome Despey of FranceAgriMer, who invited Prudhomme to the Agriculture Fair, said the matter was settled.
"It would have been a mistake to block the Tour de France," said Despey. "I was always against it."
The wine "Bicicleta" from Chile's Cono Sur, will only be allowed on the promotional events outside France, in Switzerland, Andorra and Spain.
© 2016 AFP