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The 107th Tour de France began its 2,156-mile journey around France on Saturday, about seven weeks later than its traditional July start time and in the midst of a global pandemic currently worsening in Europe.Why is this important: Although Tour de France cyclists have been aware of the germs for years, health protocols for teams and riders have never been more important than this year’s race, reports the Wall Street Journal.

How it works: Each team will consist of up to eight runners and 22 staff members, and all members must undergo regular testing and remain isolated from the outside world as they roam the country.

  • Teams have been warned against autographs, buffets and roommates.

The big picture: France is currently experiencing an outbreak of new cases. The country reported 7,462 new cases on Friday, its biggest one-day jump since May 16, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • The runners started the first stage of the race from the southern city of Nice. They are scheduled to end in Paris on September 20, although that is subject to change, reports The New York Times.

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