The Green Tour?

Jul 05, 2017, 06:56 AM

Cycling is a healthy, environmentally-friendly pursuit but how green is the Tour de France?

With a huge convoy of race motorbikes and cars, a fleet of team cars and scores of buses burning fuel at the rate of a euro per kilometre and trucks, not to mention helicopters, the Tour's carbon footprint is considerable. And that's before we consider the issue of riders littering the countryside with wrappers and plastic bottles.

But the Tour is making efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The zone de collect, where riders can dispose of their wrappers knowing a team of litter-pickers will tidy up after them is just one small initiative.

But how aware of the Tour's environmental impact are the people who are involved in the whole travelling roadshow?

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