Tour third stage held up by strikers

8th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Tour de France third stage was momentarily held up by demonstrators in Nantes on Monday.

8 July 2008

NANTES - The Tour de France third stage was momentarily held up by demonstrators here on Monday.

Race chief Christian Prudhomme was forced to stop and negotiate with trade union leaders as dozens of striking demonstrators threatened to cause a total blockage of the road leading to Nantes.

At the time, four stage leaders were approaching the demonstrators - who were congregated at the 58km to go mark of the 208km stage which began in Saint Malo - and they managed to squeeze through a passage provided by police and Tour officials.

They undoubtedly lost some of their advantage on the peloton, who at the time had a seven-minute deficit to the frontrunners.

[AFP / Expatica]

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