But their most fearsome "opponent" was a plague of oak processionary
caterpillars - which caused skin rashes and respiratory problems among many of the competitors.
moths (OPM), while in their larval stage at this time of the year, can cause itching skin rashes and eye irritations, sore throats, breathing difficulties and allergic reactions in people and animals.
Only last month it was revealed that more than 50 oaks would have to be felled in Elmdon Park and Rowood Drive amid concerns about the presence of the oak processionary
moth - a particularly infamous pest.
Bernal leads Thomas by 1min 11sec overall and Jumbo-Visma's Kruijswijk by 1min 31sec ahead of the processionary
day of racing ending in the French capital on Sunday evening.
The Welsh Government confirmed that a case of Oak Processionary
Moth (OPM) has been found in the trees.
A family has developed "terrible rashes" all over their bodies due to what they believe to be an outbreak ofoak processionary
moth(OPM) in the oak trees along their road.
Germany and the Netherlands are battling many infestations of oak processionary
caterpillars, whose tiny toxic hairs can trigger allergic reactions and skin irritation.
Touching the larvae of the Oak Processionary
Moths can also cause anaphylaxis and severe rashes.
Albeit, the last government approved the merger of the afflicted areas (Federally Administered Tribal Areas, FATA) with the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, formal procedures outside of processionary
talks have yet to take place.
Anyone who inadvertently comes into contact with the insect named the pine processionary
(Thaumetopoea pityocampa) or its larvae, should seek medical attention.
Rainfall, nitrogen and host plant condition: consequences for the processionary
caterpillar, Ochrogaster lunifer.