Participants of the French Cycling race “Tour de France” (Tour de France), the first stage of which begins on Saturday, will be required to pass four tests for coronavirus: two before the start of the competition and two during, in case of a positive result, the athlete will have to withdraw from the race. This year’s Tour De France starts in nice on August 29 and ends in Paris on September 20. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the organizer had to resort to a number of new rules. As explained by the representative of the press service of Amaury Sport organization-the company that organizes sports competitions, Fabrice Tiano, the interaction of riders and team members will be as limited as possible with the outside world. “A so-called “sanitary bubble” will be created for riders and technical staff to minimize their interaction with people from outside… For example, journalists will no longer be able to conduct interviews in hotels, as they usually did. Riders will not shake hands with mayors on stage, ” he said.
“Riders will take the test (on COVID-19) four times: twice before the Tour de France and twice during rest days,” Tiano said. According to him, athletes with a positive test result will have to leave the competition. “Journalists will also have to submit a negative test for coronavirus five days before arriving at the event,” he continued. The organizers of the competition urge the audience to wear masks and observe the necessary social distance, not to contact the participants of the “Tour de France” for autographs or selfies. When asked whether the number of viewers will be limited, Tiano said: “I can’t say yet. It depends very much on the location. But there are no restrictions (for spectators) on roadsides… There will be some restrictions on narrow sections.” Speaking about the audience at the finish of the race, which will traditionally take place on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Tiano said that a decision has not yet been made. “It is too early to say how this will happen in Paris… But in any case, all decisions are made jointly with the sanitary authorities, prefectures and municipalities of cities,” he concluded.