While summer temperatures are always higher in France, Guillaume Martin recently confided that it is possible that the holding of the Tour de France in July will become more and more difficult.
Guillaume Martin asks himself questions. This summer, during the 15th stage of the Tour de France, the peloton had to face temperatures above 40°C. As the road is also subject to these extreme weather conditions, the organizers of the Grande Boucle had to resort to watering certain sections of the bitumen to lower the temperature and reduce the risk of incidents.
While summer temperatures have been rising steadily for years, the rider from the Cofidis team did not hesitate to raise the possibility of moving the biggest race of the year to the international calendar. ” Lately we realize that in our disordered world, it will be more and more difficult to play sportsconfided Guillaume Martin in remarks collected by the media Reporterre. Very concretely, in the world of cycling, this raises the question of the organization of races at certain times of the year. I am not sure that the Tour de France can continue to be held in July. »
Competitions, temperatures, media exposure… the cyclist and philosopher Guillaume Martin talks with Reporterre about his place as a high-level athlete on a disrupted planet. https://t.co/bJFgZULIaU
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Martin regrets the need to fly
Already author of several books including Socrates on a bicycle et The Platoon Society, the 29-year-old runner assures that he ” the health of runners and spectators is at stake ». Guillaume Martin does not dismiss his own responsibilities, admitting without difficulty that his ” way of life is more polluting than that of an average citizen “, in particular because of the transport by plane to go and return from the events during the “ 200 to 250 days that he spends away from his home over the season. “ It is the preferred mode of transporthe recalls. This is the one that saves the most recovery time. »
The rider from the Cofidis team took the opportunity to call on the organizers to review their arrangements. ” Do we need so many cars in a cycle race, such a long advertising trailer at the front? “, he wondered during this interview. But, in his eyes, it is impossible for him to put himself on the front line in this environmental fight. ” It’s not my nature, not my character, I don’t feel like making big speeches or carrying a revolution “, he concluded not without having all the same conveyed his message.