Tour de France: Stage 10 canceled due to protesters on the track

All riders were forced to stop as the protesters sat across the road to block a free and safe passage forward.

The broadcast showed authorities at the scene addressing the problem as colored smoke filled the air. Cameras captured the moment stage manager Alberto Bettiol rode his bike deftly through the protesters, but was eventually forced to stop.

It turned out that most of the riders had been delayed to pack up and wait for the road to be cleared.

The Tour de France race center said: “The race has been neutralized. The race will resume at the same time interval as soon as the road is cleared.”

French climate action group Dernière Rènovation claimed responsibility for the protests on Tuesday.

The organization reported in statement on twitter that he “interrupted stage 10 of the Tour de France between Morzine and Megève in the commune of Magland to stop the mad race to destroy our society.”

The statement said the group “can no longer remain onlookers to an ongoing climate catastrophe. We have 989 days left to save our future, our humanity.”

It went on to say: “Our goal is to force legislation to drastically cut emissions in France, starting with energy reform, an area that today is likely to combine social and climate justice.

“This is our last chance to avoid catastrophic and irreversible consequences: deadly heat, extreme weather events, famine, mass migrations, armed conflicts … and this is for all the next generations of humanity.”

The incident occurred 36 kilometers (22.37 miles) before the finish line in Megeve, France.

Stage 10 of the famous French race has resumed after about a 15-minute break caused by protesters.

CNN has reached out to tour organizers for comment.