Team Ineos to face thousands of anti-fracking protestors at Yorkshire

Team Ineos will face a backlash at the Tour de Yorkshire next week, with anti-fracking groups set to demonstrate in a bid to spread awareness of the petrochemical company’s controversial activities.

The Tour de Yorkshire will be the first competitive outing for the new-look team on British shores but Ineos’ takeover of Team Sky has been heavily criticised by environmental groups, concerned with Ineos’ track record and involvement in fracking.

Steve Mason from Frack Free United, a network of groups that are opposed to fracking, told Cyclingnews that 15,000 masks depicting the face of Ineos owner Jim Ratcliffe, complete with devil’s horns, had been produced and that groups would attend both starts and finishes of the four-day race that kicks off in Doncaster next Thursday.

“To be honest, our plans are to use the race as a vehicle to raise awareness, particularly about Team Ineos,” Mason told Cyclingnews.

“We have groups across Yorkshire ready to distribute leaflets and materials, and we want to raise awareness of what Ineos are and what impact they’re going to have in Yorkshire if they’re allowed to start fracking across the land.”

Ineos was announced as the new owner of the British WorldTour team in March, after Sky confirmed its own exit from the sport in December of last year.

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