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Tour de France keeps everybody happy

Parts of the Tour de France route were about to be blocked this year. Wine producers in the Languedoc area had thrown their bike spanners out of their saddle bags because 2016 Tour is being sponsored by Chilean wine brand Cono Sur. Organisers of the Tour met with winemakers at the Paris Agriculture Fair last week to sort out the issue. Organisers of the Tour have now reached an agreement with the producers to allow them to showcase their products during the race. The Chilean Bicicileta label is still to be the Tour's sponsor. Does seem a bit of a slap in the face that this well known cycle race across a country reknowned for its winemaking should be sponsored by a Chilean wine. Especially as this years tour has 5 French teams competing and Chile has zero! C'est la Velo!