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Kevin Reza pictured during stage 8 of the Tour de France

Kevin Reza, the only black rider in the Tour de France, says he is ready to make his voice heard in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Support in various sports for the Black Lives Matter movement has gathered pace in the past three months after George Floyd’s death in police custody in May.

The Premier League players continued to show their support on Matchday 1 of the season, with players hitting a knee in all four of the top matches on Saturday.

Reza was born on the outskirts of Paris in a family from the French overseas region of Guadeloupe and the 32-year-old rides for the French outfit B&B Vital Concept.

He said he would like his Tour de France peers to express their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, but with professional cycling largely being an all-white business, Reza is on his own.

“It’s a shame,” he said Reuters.

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We strive to do more, to say more. We are against racism and racial injustice in all its forms. #BlackLivesMatter

We strive to do more, to say more. We are against racism and racial injustice in all its forms. #BlackLivesMatter

“We see the big names in sport giving themselves the means to speak, to make noise, to show their solidarity with this movement.

“I’m Kevin Reza, I don’t have as much weight in world sport as Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 or Lebron James in the NBA. ”

But Reza, who turned pro as a cyclist in 2011, still believes he can make a difference.

“I’m thinking of putting things in place, of being able to show my support for this movement.

“It’s not always easy and it’s hard to face first and not think exactly what you want to do, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t support this movement. “

The battle for the green jersey intensifies

The battle for the green jersey defined the 14th stage of the Tour de France, as Peter Sagan ate the advantage of Sam Bennett while Soren Kragh Andersen pulled off the stage victory in Lyon.

Clermont-Ferrand’s 194-kilometer stage didn’t change Primoz Roglic’s status in yellow, but saw Sagan reclaim 23 points from Bennett to reduce his points deficit to 43.

Primoz Roglic retains Tour de France lead as stage 15 approaches

Primoz Roglic retains Tour de France lead as stage 15 approaches

Sagan’s dominance over the green in recent years has made the competition an afterthought, but this time around it could go all the way to Paris and play a key role in shaping the final week of the Tour.

Saturday’s rolling stage seemed tailor-made for a successful breakaway and for all hopefuls to enjoy a relatively stress-free day after Friday’s summit finish on the Puy Mary and the Grand Challenge. Colombier to come.
Sunday, but instead the hammer had fallen from the flag at the end.

Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team worked hard to drop Bennett on the short climb before the intermediate 38km sprint, then continued to charge to make sure the Irishman couldn’t get back into the field – dropping out its thrust 80 km from
Lyon.

Sagan never sat down while watching other points on the finish line, although the former world champion would be denied his shot for the win as Team Sunweb’s Kragh Andersen escaped the peloton reduced in the last kilometers to follow his teammate Marc Hirschi. stage 12 victory on Thursday.

Peter Sagan has won the green jersey seven times in the past eight years

Peter Sagan has won the green jersey seven times in the past eight years

The sprint for second place was taken by Luka Mezgec, with Sagan rolling in fourth for another strong collection of points.

As the fight for yellow and green continued on the road, there were concerns for the safety of cyclists and a growing debate over the sport’s concussion protocols.

Frenchman Romain Bardet withdrew from the race on Friday evening following a high-speed crash on stage 13, after having driven to the finish after the spill.

The 29-year-old posted on social media on Saturday that he suffered a “small hemorrhage” in the crash, later modifying the post to remove the mention of a hemorrhage and saying he needed to. a period of “rest and recovery”. ”

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