“This won’t be the year to ask for autographs or ‘selfies’,” he said. “The runners will always say hello from a distance, but these measurements are the only reason they won’t be as friendly as they normally are. It will be more like at Wimbledon or in a Champions League final, where you can’t get an autograph from Roger Federer or Lionel Messi in the morning. But once the coronavirus pandemic is over, the Tour will return to normal, with the kind of gorgeous interactions we’re used to. ”
This week’s Critérium du Dauphiné will already be launching the same metrics that will be used in this year’s Tour, as Dauphiné race director Thierry Gouvenou explained in an ASO press release on Tuesday, the participating teams s ‘being made explain the measurements. the same day.
“The Dauphiné will be a competition level event and a rehearsal of safety measures,” said Gouvenou. “We are creating a ‘bubble’, with very little interaction with the media, race guests and fans. [team bus] the car parks will be closed to departures and arrivals, and we will have a “mixed zone” with specific rules for interviews.
“We are also limiting the number of people allowed to enter the area after the finish line. On the course, fans will not be allowed in the feed zone, and we have more “waste areas” for runners, ”he added, referring to areas where riders can throw food packaging. unwanted.
“The same goes for the podium protocol: no kisses, no interaction between [sponsorship] partners, local representatives and runners. And masks will be mandatory all along the route, where decrees from local authorities apply, ”said Gouvenou, with the hope that the public on the side of the road will wear masks, as Prudhomme requested during of the Tour.
The organizers of the Tour have also adopted the policy of the National Cycling League for the Dauphiné and the Tour, which already applies to all French cycling races, where “2020” means keep at all times 2 meters away from runners, asking for 0 autographs, remembering 2 essential habits – using antibacterial hand gel and always wearing a mask – and taking 0 “selfies” with runners.
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