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Tour de France to continue as all staff and riders test negative for Covid-19

Joseph Delves
15 Sep 2020

Entire race bubble given the all-clear following tests during the final rest day

The Tour de France looks set to make it to Paris after no new cases of Covid-19 were discovered in testing undertaken during the final rest day. Every rider and staff member was subject to a second in-race test on Monday.

With four members of support staff from Cofidis, AG2R La Mondiale, Team Ineos Grenadiers and Mitchelton-Scott having tested positive during the first rest day, it had seemed possible that further cases would be detected.

With the positive results from the first round of tests reset, the UCI had decided that any team returning two positive tests would have to leave the race.

Operating outside of the protected ‘bubble’ race director, Christian Prudhomme had himself also tested positive during the first rest day and decided to remove himself from the Tour.

Overall 785 people involved with the race were tested during this second round. With each returning a negative result, the result will go some way to vindicating the decision to go ahead with the race.

'In accordance with the Tour de France health protocol, developed in the framework of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s rules for the return of the road cycling season in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the entire “race bubble” was tested on the 13th and 14th September, during the second rest day,' explained the organisation in a press release.

'After having been tested within the six days preceding the Grand Départ in Nice as well as upon their arrival on the Tour as a part of the “race bubble”, riders and staff involved in the race were tested a third time during the first rest day over the 6th and 7th September.

'The screening campaign which has taken place over the past 48 hours is the forth since the beginning of the event. Its objective is to guarantee the health of the race for the riders and accredited personnel in the face of the novel coronavirus.

'The organisers of the Tour de France and the UCI would like to thank all of the teams for their collaboration and for the vigilance that they have shown and will continue to show up until the finish in Paris.'