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Gallery: Protests and new Pinarellos as Team Ineos take on the Tour de Yorkshire

3 May 2019

Team Ineos are riding the Tour de Yorkshire but not everyone has been glad to see them

Words Jack Elton-Walters Photography Chris Auld

Team Ineos are in action at the ongoing 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, which started on Thursday and will end on Sunday, where it's likely that the General Classification will be decided by the final stage's finishing order as was the case last year.

Included in the Ineos line-up is Chris Froome as he builds up towards the Tour de France, where he'll be aiming for a record-equalling fifth overall title.

Despite his success on the road as Britain's most prolific stage racer, Froome and his team have not be universally welcomed in Yorkshire.

The team's new lead sponsor has been the subject of protests at the race by people objecting to the company's practices including fracking and reports of environmental impacts.

Smaller scale protests were seen on the roadside during Stage 2, although these were non-disruptive and nothing like some of the actions we've seen conducted by a range of groups at the Tour de France over the years.

Most recently protesting farmers at the 2018 Tour pushed bales into the path of the riders, then an overreacting policeman emptied his pepperspray indiscrimately meaning the race came to a halt for longer than the bales could have caused while riders doused themselves with water.

In their guise as Team Sky, the British squad have also been the target of anger in France, often veering far from legitimate protest to vile spitting and throwing of urine.

New bikes

Away from the protests the team were putting their new Pinarello F12 race bikes into competitive action for the first time, while fellow Pinarello-sponsored squad Team Wiggins-Le Col are having to make do with last year's F10s.