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‘Macho and polluting’

‘Macho and polluting’ is how Lyon mayor Grégory Doucet chose to describe the Tour when stages 14 and 15 passed through the city in 2020. And there is some truth behind the statement.

The Tour de France can be likened to a travelling circus, and one that requires extensive resources. From the helicopters and motorbikes to the team cars and the publicity caravan to the kit and the bikes to the flights and the hotels – not to mention the sheer number of spectators lining the route or watching on TV – the resources that go into the Tour will make your head spin. So just what is the extent of this great race’s environmental footprint?

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This feature was first published on Cyclist in September. We’re revisiting it now as part of our coverage of environmental issues during COP27.

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