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Guillaume Martin issued a stark warning regarding the future of pro cycling.
“We are experiencing a big, very big, problem,” Martin cautioned this week.
Cofidis’ climber-come-philosopher spoke to the Reporterre environment action website about the sustainability of an increasingly global sport in the wake of climate change.
“We are experiencing a big, very big, problem. I particularly remember the Vuelta a España last year. For several days, we went through incredible heat, particularly in the south of Spain. I remember a stage where, for five hours, my thermometer did not drop below 33 degrees C. On average we were around 39 degrees as we climbed in altitude,” Martin said.
“I wondered what I was doing there, making extreme efforts in extreme temperatures.”
Also read: Martin’s words of warning to Reporterre come at the close of a season that saw riders racing through extreme temperatures all summer.A heatwave in the middle of the Tour de France forced organizers to employ trucks to spray water onto melting tarmac, and left riders shading under parasols and wearing ice-vests pre-stage.Some of the WorldTour’s biggest races, including the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, sit at the zenith of the European summer. Vuelta stages through the deep south of Spain have become notorious for parched landscapes and temperatures in excess of 40 degrees C.“Lately, we realize that in our […]
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