Saturday morning, Reuters The news agency reported the following:
French health authorities have introduced stricter regulations for exclusions from the Tour de France in the event of coronavirus cases, a few hours before the start of the race.
The government’s inter-ministerial crisis committee has ruled that a team should be withdrawn if two or more of its members test positive within seven days, race organizers said on Saturday.
So far, this year’s race, which starts in Nice on Saturday, has operated under guidelines from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for teams to be excluded if two or more riders were to test positive over the same period.
The committee’s new regulations, which nullify the UCI, cover support staff as well as riders, organizers said.
Tour teams consist of eight riders and a maximum of 22 support staff.
Organizers, however, said the Lotto-Soudal team, which saw two staff members test COVID-positive on Thursday, remained in the running because the stricter measure only took effect on Saturday.
Organizers have admitted that there is a risk that the race will not reach Paris as the number of coronavirus cases has been steadily increasing in France since the start of August.