Dutch police threaten Tour de France opening in pay dispute

THE opening stage of the Tour de France faces huge disruption as Dutch police threaten strike action in a dispute over pay. The world’s biggest bike race, which often chooses to make it’s ‘Grand Depart’ in a country other than France, is due to start in the Netherlands on July 4.

The pay dispute has rumbled on for several months, and now the police union has said it plans to take dramatic action, and will block a Rotterdam bridge on the route so cyclists are unable to cross. They would do so in order to “carry out traffic checks” on the team cars which travel in front of the riders.

“The checks will stop when it’s clear from live broadcasts in several European countries that the Tour de France cyclists have stopped because police are taking action for better working conditions,” said the statement from the police union.

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