Throughout the coronavirus lockout, there has been speculation about the measures needed to ensure the safety of spectators, staff, riders and the media during the world’s largest bicycle race.But Tour director Christian Prudhomme is now offering an update on safety measures that could be put in place for fans and the peloton.
In an interview with a Spanish newspaper El Periodico, Prudhomme said: “There will surely be no kisses or hugs at official ceremonies. And you would think that it’s certainly not the best year to collect autographs. The public can come to the Tour but there will be a filter. In the mountains, we will give preference to those who climb on foot, by bike or in the transport systems set up by local communities.
“But, I repeat, the situation changes from day to day. We don’t know what it will look like in two months. “
Prudhomme added that the advertising caravan, a convoy of hundreds of vehicles promoting different companies that move at each stage before the peloton, will reach 60% of its previous size, due to the economic impact that the coronavirus has had on businesses .
The Tour de France 2020 was originally scheduled to start this Saturday, June 27, but the race has been postponed due to the global pandemic.
Instead, the race will start in Nice on August 29 and end in Paris on September 20, covering the same 21 stages that were already planned.
Prudhomme said health and safety measures will be cemented in July and August, ready for the Grand Départ.
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He added that there were some small variations on the course, including the shortening of stage 14 from Clemont Ferrand to Lyon by 3 km, but no major changes are expected on the course.