The 2020 Tour de France took place from the Côte d’Azur on Saturday August 29 – two months later than expected and in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the important measures taken by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the French authorities, the virus could still shatter hopes for the biggest cycling race in the world reaching the Parisian finish line on September 20.
On Thursday August 27, French Prime Minister Jean Castex registered the city of Nice, where stage 1 begins, on a COVID-19 red zone list with reinforced health protocols. Teams will be expelled from the Tour de France if at least two members, including staff members, test positive for the coronavirus, Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme told AFP on Saturday. (Previously, the UCI had proposed that such exclusion from the race only apply to riders and not to staff members.)
Other COVID-related guidelines include:
- Riders and staff must return two negative tests to enter the Tour’s “bubble”, and teams must be tested on both rest days.
- Fans must wear face masks and keep at least two meters from runners.
- 700,000 masks and two tonnes of hand sanitizer will be provided during the race.
The Belgian Lotto team reported two cases on Thursday, but the mechanics involved have already been replaced and the team left with the rest of the field on Saturday.
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Norwegian Alexander Kristoff of UAE Team Emirates won the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday August 29 in a massive sprint along the iconic Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France.
Kristoff takes the yellow jersey of the leader of the race after a stage littered with crashes on a slippery loop of 154 kilometers around Nice. Due to coronavirus health protocols, only 100 spectators were allowed at the finish line.
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