Five people have been arrested after protestors disrupted the elite men’s road race at the UCI Cycling World Championships in Scotland on Sunday.

The race was paused with a little over 190 kilometres of the 271km distance remaining, with the road from Edinburgh to Glasgow blocked west of Falkirk.

The protest took place on a narrow stretch of the B818 close to the Carron Valley Reservoir.


Britain’s Owain Doull and Ireland’s Rory Townsend were part of a nine-strong breakaway that had gone seven minutes clear of the main peloton, and were the first to be stopped by officials as the race was neutralised.

Police Scotland took to Twitter to confirm that its Protest Removal Team  removed and arrested five protestors.

Protest group 'This is Rigged' have claimed responsibility for the race being halted.

In a statement posted on social media, This Is Rigged activist Cat said: "The fact that Ineos has been allowed to sponsor a team in the race around the Campsie Fells - which were engulfed in wildfires last month - is a disgrace and an insult to the both cycling community and the people of Scotland.

"We cannot continue with business as usual while our country burns and our futures are ruined. Time is of the essence and we need to act like it."