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Cycling: return of an anti-Covid protocol to the Tour de France


Highlights: The organizers of the Tour de France have decided to ban the wearing of masks. The ban will be in place until the end of the race on July 25. The decision was made in light of the recent terror attacks in Paris. The attacks killed more than 100 people and injured more than 1,000 others. The terror attacks took place in Paris, Nice, Berlin and other cities in France. The attack took place on the eve of the start of the second stage of the tour. The second stage will take place on July 26.

According to various sources, the organizers of the Grande Boucle would consider putting in place some measures to avoid experiencing the misadventures that the last Giro.

An anti-Covid protocol will be put in place during the Tour de France (from 1 to 23 July) which includes the return of masks and social distancing, we learned Sunday from several sources. The organizers of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have not confirmed the measures that will be applied during the Grande Boucle. But a meeting with the sporting directors, Saturday on the eve of the Critérium du Dauphiné, made it possible to define the contours, we learned from several team members.

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The protocol includes limited access to the finish line for members of each team and the mandatory wearing of masks in the paddocks for journalists and guests in particular. For runners, it will be a question of limiting as much as possible interactions outside the "bubble" reinstated around the race, in particular by avoiding eating outside but also too close to the spectators (selfies and autographs will be prohibited). Even if for many Covid-19 already seems to be a distant memory, the organizers do not want to experience the same misadventure as the Giro d'Italia, last month, notably marked by the abandonment of the leader and great favorite Remco Evenepoel even before the halfway point of the race following a positive test for the coronavirus.

In the Dauphiné, almost all of the riders were already wearing masks on Sunday before the start of the first stage and had nothing to complain about. "I don't mind as long as we preserve our health. I prefer to put on masks and for everyone to be more serene than to have an epidemic and many riders are out because of Covid," David Gaudu, the leader of the Groupama-FDJ team, told AFP. The day before, Julian Alaphilippe had already said that he had been "one of the only ones to wear a mask" on the plane to come to the Dauphiné. "Maybe it's too much, but I really want to do the Tour," he said. Cycling is perhaps the sport we control the most. That's why there were a lot of positive cases in the Giro as well. It spoils the party a bit. But you have to get used to it. I hope it will be over one day.


Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-06-04

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