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Winner of the Tour of Flanders almost thwarted by animal rights activists

Niki Terpstra was Sunday as the winner of the Tour of Flanders crown. Compatriots of the cyclist tried, however, a spanner in the works throw. Dutch animal rights activists wanted the race to shut down. The police, it could be just in time to prevent it, reports VRT NWS.

Activists of the Dutch foundation ‘Rabbit in Distress’ wanted the Tour of Flanders Sunday, shortly before the finish in Oudenaarde sabotage. On a bridge over the Scheldt had the campaigners chains attached to the two rails attached, which they wanted to connect. It was intended, moreover, that some of them in the middle of the bridge were chained.

As far as did not. Less than a quarter of an hour before the race director -and eventual winner – Niki Terpstra of the place had to pass brought supporters to the police on the height. Agents knew the plan the frustrate and beat nine activists in the buoys.

The action was directed against Lidl, the main sponsor of Flanders Classics. According to the ‘Rabbit in Distress’ are in the department store chain for years, rabbits on the shelves that are in deplorable conditions being bred.

The Tour of Flanders, this year also has been marred by brawling on the Kwaremont. The mayor looks at what such disturbances can be done.

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