Sunday, July 17, 2022

They're pouring water on Tour de France roads to stop them from melting

"In certain places, the asphalt is going to start melting, not everywhere of course, but it is going to get much softer. So you can imagine how that might end?


"We will have vehicles with 10,000 litres of water taken along the way, the regional departments are going to help us to cool the roads."

But the logistical nightmare doesn't end there.

"You have to do it at just the right moment, if you do it too early it just heats up again.

"If you do it too late the peloton rides onto wet surfaces. It has to be around 15 minutes before they get there," he says.